House of Representatives yesterday urged the federal government to inject additional N36 billion into the amnesty programme.
The amount was a shortfall of the N21 billion proposed for the programme out of which only N56 million was approved in the 2016 budget.
The House further asked government to formulate a sustainable plan to end militancy in the Niger Delta rather than the confrontational approaches.
The House resolution followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Ekpenyong Ayi and 30 other lawmakers on the ‘Need for an Improved Funding for the Amnesty Programme and a Sustainable Strategic Plan to end Militancy in the Niger Delta’.
Leading the debate, Hon. Ayi said that the amnesty programme was introduced by former President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2009 when militancy was about to ground crude oil production and further stated that the recent threat of underfunding of the programme deduced from the low 2016 budget had re-ignited agitations in the region, forcing Chevron Corporation to a near zero production.
The lawmaker further revealed that Shell Petroleum Development Corporation has declared a force majeure on exports of Bonny Light crude after the Nembe Creek Trunk line was damaged and crude oil production of 75,000 – 78,000 barrels per day was affected and informed his colleagues that the militants bombed the Tebidaba to Brass pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil at Ikienghenbiri community in Southern Ijaw of Bayelsa State.
Citing a report from International Energy Agency, Ayi pointed out that crude oil production in the country had recorded a 22 year lowest output of 1.76 million bpd in February; 1.62million bpd in March; 1.62 million bpd in April and 990,000 barrels per day as at 1st June, 2016.

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