Bayelsa elders write Buhari, disclosing permanent solution to militancy

Elders and traditional heads from Bayelsa East Senatorial District have written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the rising cases of sea piracy, attacks on oil installations and violent crimes by the new militants in the Niger Delta region, stressing that the take-off of the Brass Liquefied Natural Gas Project, Brass LNG, will bring a permanent solution to the restiveness.

The elders from the two local government councils of Brass and Nembe, said though the local and state
governments had done much in the area of providing employment, initiating security and peace along the waterways and creeks of the state and the region, the delay in the take off of the Brass LNG project had left many youths jobless, restive and involved in the renewed violence in the region.

In a statement issued yesterday, in
Yenagoa, and signed by Chief Newton Ayibatare, the Concerned Bayelsa elders held that the take-off of the Brass LNG would employ over 16,000 restive youths and improve revenue to the local councils, state and federal governments, adding that a position paper had been sent to the Chairman of Brass local government, Bello Bina and the state governor, Seriake Dickson.

“We have watched with keen interest the recent development in the oil and gas sector and the renewed violence along the creeks including militancy in the region. We condemn the series of attacks on pipelines and the people of the state by sea pirates and militants in Bayelsa state. We commend the
State and Federal Government for actions taken so far”, the
statement read.


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