Niger Delta Leaders ask for allocation of oil blocs to natives, Ogoni clean-up, maritime university, 13 other issues from FG

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At the two-hour closed-door meeting with
President Muhammadu Buhari, held earlier
today, the Leaders and Stakeholders of the
Niger Delta, led by elder statesman Chief
Edwin Clark, presented a list of 16 issues for
dialogue.
The issues presented ranged from
Infrastructure needs to the strengthening of
institutions like the NDDC, allocation of oil
blocs to natives of Niger Delta, maritime
university, matters of fiscal federalism, Ogoni
clean-up, employment opportunities for
trained ex-militants and support for the
internally displaced persons in the region.
Other demands includes, relocation of
international oil companies with
headquarters in Lekki and other places back
to their areas of operations, manpower and
human resources development.
The President noted that they are already
looking into many of these issues and are
also currently reviewing the implementation
of the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme, to
determine the shortcomings, and areas for
reform.
Speaking to State House correspondents
after the meeting, Chief Edwin Clark said
they were well received by the President,
adding that they were not at the Presidential
Villa for a battle.
“We have no other country than
Nigeria. We cannot continue to destroy
the assets of the country and the
ecosystem of our environment.” he
said.

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