Following a meeting Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo held with military chiefs, ministers and governors in Aso Rock, the federal government and the Niger Delta states have started developing a common and united strategy to deal with the recent resurgent militant attacks on the nation’s oil installations.
At the end of the two-hour meeting, FG announced that it is proceeding on a collaborative strategy with the governments, communities in the Niger Delta region and other relevant stakeholders towards tackling the situation holistically.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Delta State governor Ifeanyi Okowa, said the meeting identified the need for synergy between the federal and the state governments as a very important step going forward.
“One thing that we have identified is the synergy between the federal government and states is very important and this meeting has actually revealed a lot of issues and we believe that the collaboration between the Federal Government and States would help us to tackle the issues in the Niger Delta,” he said.
He revealed that a lot of decisions were taken at the meeting after they were briefed by Service Chiefs.
“We have taken a lot of decisions which we think will help us to mitigate what is going on currently in the states particularly in Delta and Bayelsa”, he said, reiterating the belief that “we are going to find a solution very soon”.
He also added that it was decided that military presence in the region should be de-escalated, though it was agreed that the forces should be kept to provide security and presence while government begins immediate engagement process with the communities in the affected areas.