President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari has charged traditional rulers and stakeholders of the Niger Delta, to find a lasting solution to the incidents of pipeline vandalism and general insecurity in the region.
Speaking at a meeting between the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC and executives of the Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities, TROMPCOM, in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, the commission’s Acting Managing Director/CEO, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said President Buhari, had directed that, the NDDC should quickly intervene and explore every avenue, that would help bring back peace and stability to the Niger Delta region.
“This marching order entails that, we must immediately swing into action; consulting and negotiating where necessary to ensure there are no further acts of vandalism and criminality in the region,” the NDDC boss said.
Mrs. Semenitari appealed to the traditional rulers, led by the National Chairman of TROMPCOM, and the traditional ruler of Ngbirichi in Imo State, Eze Akuwueze Ikegwuruka, to engage in serious sensitization of their subjects against oil theft, vandalism and other acts that could cause a breach of security.
“This has become even more critical,” she added, “in view of the dwindling oil revenue and serious economic challenges facing the nation. It therefore, becomes extremely expedient for us as a people, and as a region, to ensure that our collective wealth and heritage are not further dissipated, and our well-being compromised.”
She enjoined the royal fathers to engage in five critical areas- curtailing interruptions and community disturbances, engaging and building the culture of community participation in project cycle and project ownership and accelerating efforts to build suitable relationships between contractors and community youths. Others included building a stronger network with security agencies and relevant government institutions to mitigate challenges, and continuing to build peace and understanding among the people.
Mrs. Semenitari promised to support TROMPCOM, as critical partners, in its activities and in the commission’s efforts to facilitate the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.
Responding, the National Chairman of TROMPCOM, Eze Akuwueze Ikegwuruka, assured Semenitari, that the traditional rulers in the region were ready for partnership and collaboration with the NDDC.
“TROMPCOM has always longed to join hands with the NDDC and other development agencies.” He also reaffirmed their stake in the affairs of the Niger Delta region.
“It is the view of TROMPCOM that all stakeholders as well as service providers, should collaborate to ensure coordinated and accelerated development of the Niger Delta region. This imperative has been underscored in the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan, which provided for Partners for Sustainable Development, PSD, Forum.”
Eze Ikegwuruka said that TROMPCOM would do whatever was necessary to ensure the maintenance of peace, and provide the conducive environment for the NDDC and other agencies of development, including contractors.
He further notified that, the royal fathers would visit the National Assembly, to discuss the NDDC budget, and rub minds with them to see how to provide more employment opportunities, and avoid a situation in which contracts were hijacked, to the detriment of the people of the Niger Delta.
The royal father drew attention to the fact that, TROMPCOM was currently in court with the Federal Government; to press home the demand for proper funding of the NDDC in line with the commission’s enabling law.

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