The Federal Government and militant groups in the Niger Delta, including the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), has agreed a “30 days of quiet” to give President Muhammadu Buhari time to come up with a comprehensive plan for the oil-rich region, This Day is reporting.
The NDA have claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on oil and gas installations in recent months in the Niger Delta region, but have now agreed a 30-day ceasefire.
The activities of the militants which have halved Nigeria’s oil production to some 1.4 million barrels per day, have also impacted negatively on power supply in the country and the country’s oil earnings.
According to the report, the truce was agreed upon last week by a federal government team led by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, and representatives of the militant groups, community leaders and the state governments.
Last week, Kachikwu had led a government delegation to different camps in Bayelsa and Delta States, including visiting the temporary site of the Maritime University at Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, in a bid to reach out to representatives of the militant groups to get them to stop its attacks on oil and gas facilities.
According to a source who opened up on the 30-day period of truce, Kachikwu was said to have reached out to the militants through back channels and pleaded for some time for the Buhari administration to come up with a comprehensive Niger Delta plan that would address most of their demands.
The militant groups, the source said, accepted Kachikwu’s plea, adding that since the agreement was reached there had been no attacks on oil and gas installations in the oil-rich region.
“You would have noticed that there have been no bombings of oil assets in recent days. This is the fall out of the 30 days of quiet reached with the minister and his team.
“This will give the president time to come up with a comprehensive plan for the Niger Delta,” the source said.
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