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President and Minister of Petroleum, Muhammadu Buhari and Shell Global Upstream Director, Mr. Andrew Brown and MD/Country Chair Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor

Buhari assures oil companies of security in Niger Delta. appeals to militants

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the Federal Government is taking necessary actions to protect strategic assets in the region from vandals.

The president gave the assurance in Abuja on Friday at a meeting with the Global Director (Upstream) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Mr Andrew Brown.

Buhari said that he had directed the Chief of Naval Staff to strengthen the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the region to deal with the resurgence of militancy and the sabotage of oil installations.

He stated that the operations of the JTF were also being enhanced with increased support and cooperation from the United States and European Union in the areas of training, intelligence, equipment and logistics.

“We have to be very serious with the situation in the Niger Delta because it threatens the national economy.

“I assure you that everything possible will be done to protect personnel and oil assets in the region,’’ he added.

The president urged aggrieved persons, militants and communities in the Niger Delta to drop their confrontational stance and partner with relevant agencies in ensuring speedy development of the region.

He, particularly, enjoined them to work with those who had been charged by the Federal Government to review the Amnesty Programme initiated by the Yar’Adua Administration for the benefit of all parties.

Buhari praised the resilience of Shell in Nigeria in spite the operational challenges of the environment.

He urged the company to do its best to end gas-flaring in the Niger Delta and produce more gas for electricity generation to support manufacturing and job creation in the country.

In his remarks, Brown appealed for an urgent solution to rising crime and militancy in the Niger Delta.

The Shell executive also dispelled speculations that the company was pulling out of Nigeria.

He said that on the contrary, Shell was currently in discussions with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on new joint oil and gas projects.

 

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71 comments

  1. use ur power nd force on dem nah!

  2. Charles Ikenna Eze

    In your mind, You already know the truth

  3. Na ur papa farm?

  4. I thought he is a general in d Army that cant appeal to anybody. After d damages has been done, Now na mornin, he must accept their demands. Where are d soldiers to destroy d militants in one week? We are watchin.

    • Don’t Be Fooled By The Calm Before The Storm, Boko Haram Never Thought Any President Can Dislodge Them After Stnckfiling Their Arsenals .

    • which boko haram was dislodge by buhari@ ibrahim? Why do you think every body can easily be fooled?

    • I am tellin u dis a difficult terrain not desert, also they hav wat it takes to cripple d economy. Boko haram can fight for 100yrs it will not affect d economy but just one month d whole world is shakin, swallow pride & negotiate wit them else we will cry for more broke till further notice. Late pres Yaradua was wise negotiatin wit them not force. Remember d economy is at stake.

    • If you negotiate with criminals call militants the nation suffers it in the future because some other greedy ones will rise to demand for theirs,so that’s human beings for you.Where they during the Abacha era?All these happen because we chose to practice democracy which we are not civilize enough for.Go to Russia and see the way you will be treated if you call yourself militant.President Buhari is just having a second taught about the civilians and not those criminals.

    • If Buhari negotiate with these criminals, I would stop supporting him

  5. BH sponsors are same sponsors of the militants and i think even a blind is aware of the way former is dealt with. The militant shouldn’t allow PMB act on their invitation.

  6. What will he say, other than dat. Prevention is better than cure. Its a costly mistake not 2 hav allow his adm 2 settle down b4 treathening d niger delta militants. I pray d good Lord 2 touch sprit, soul nd body 2 gave a CHANGE of heart. Baba, take am jeje old age don come ooo.

  7. Buhari dont have leadership qualities .he promise what he dont have.

  8. Head or tail, Nigeria will win!

  9. It’s a shame that the community is allowing themselves to be used by this militants…The truth is that Innocent lives will be taken if Nigerian Army is to eliminate these idiots…well If I were one thing I will guarantee the community is that that environment will not be cleaned by my regime…They will live with the spill until they start handing over info about these terrorist whom they have been protecting