IYC, worldwide has
faulted further deployment
of troops to secure oil
facilities in the Niger Delta
region, saying that such
deployment had yielded
little results in the past.
It would be recalled that
two major pipeline blasts
within the past one month
cut down oil exports by 16,
000 barrels per day and led
to closure of Warri and Port
Harcourt refineries as well
as cut gas supply to some
power stations.
Comrade Eric Omare,
Spokesman of the IYC,
in a statement issued in
Yenagoa, said that the
federal government should
pursue a policy of closer
engagement with Niger
Delta people to achieve
lasting peace to ensure
optimal crude oil and gas
Omare explained that
sending more troops to the
oil communities often led
to avoidable conflicts and
made the people feel as if
they were in conflict.
“The Ijaw Youth Council
(IYC), Worldwide faults
the decision of the federal
government to send
more troops to the Niger
Delta region to protect oil
“From our experience of
attack on oil facilities in the
Niger Delta region, sending
more troops to the region is
not the solution to problem.
“It is a matter of common
knowledge that incidents
of oil theft, kidnapping and
attacks on oil pipelines have
been on the increase despite
the presence of military
men around oil installations
and communities in the
Niger Delta region.
“The IYC has always
maintained that in some
cases, security agents,
contractors and even oil
company workers are
complicit in these illegalities
going on in the Niger Delta
“Instead of sending
more troops who would
come and commit more
inconveniences to the
people of the region such
as intimidation, harassment
of innocent villagers and
unnecessary arrests, we
call for quality intelligence
gathering on the role of
oil companies’ workers,
contractors and security
agents on the attacks on oil
“Ultimately, the solution
to the problem of attacks
on oil facilities lies in
constructively engaging the
people and communities
of the Niger Delta where
oil facilities are located,”
Omare stated.
IYC said sending more
soldiers to the region
would only complicate the
already complex situation
and called for an incentive
based legal framework to
the communities where
oil facilities are located
and stakeholders in the oil
producing localities

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