Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Monday bemoaned the recent vandalism of pipelines by Niger Delta militants, saying the country could not afford any destruction of national assets.
Dickson spoke with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting he attended alongside representatives of oil firms operating in his state at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting was presided over by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The governor said the meeting resolved that all hands must be on the deck to ensure that the attacks were stopped forthwith.
He said, “First, we are here because the Vice-President took time to invite the state government and the representatives of oil companies that are operating in Bayelsa State because of the issues the government has with them in respect of taxation principally.
“But we have also used this opportunity to talk about the need for an enabling secured environment for the oil companies to continue with their operations.
“This is a time that we cannot afford to have any disruption, not to talk of vandalism of critical national assets. This is a time that all hands should be on the deck.
“All of us as stakeholders are concerned and we have agreed to work together to ensure that production is not disrupted and that all partners should be responsible and do what we need to do.
“I want to use this opportunity to say that yesterday (Sunday) at the meeting of the South South governors in Asaba, this issue was discussed; the need for all of us to work together in the Niger Delta, compare notes and collaborate with the Federal Government was discussed.
“We agreed to have a meeting with the President. We have conveyed that message and we are looking forward to a date that will be convenient for the President.
“The meeting will be on how we can jointly protect strategic national assets, discuss our common and shared responsibilities for security, law and order.”