According to Chief Edwin Clark, Here are the things that will solve Niger Delta crisis


Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, 88, lawyer, former Federal Commissioner for Information and senator, in an interview with Vanguard, speaks on what should be done to proffer a way forward in the oil rich Niger Delta region.

Chief Edwin Clark

While answering questions about what to do to find lasting peace in the Niger Delta, and his advice to the Federal Government, oil companies and of course the militants in the region…

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He said; The Federal Government should realise that we are not in a military regime. We are in a democracy. Therefore, armed conflict would be disastrous. It will not help anybody. It will not help the government; it will not help the Niger Delta people. That is why we are advising dialogue.

When we dialogue, we will know where the differences are, and we will know how to come to an agreement. If the Federal Government decides to take the other way round of trying to attack people, occupying our community and killing people, it would be very disastrous. It will not be in anybody’s interest. The oil production will go down while innocent people are being killed.

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So, we advise Mr. President to treat this matter as a matter of priority. As for the boys, we advise that blowing up pipelines is not the answer. Our problems have been on since 1958 during the Willinks Commission. If you start destroying national assets, it will not only affect the Federal Government and other parts of the country; it will also affect your eco-system. So, it is not in anybody’s interest.

Dialogue is the answer; I urge the boys to come together and listen to their leaders, and I want to assure them that we will never fail them.

To the oil companies, it is in their interest not to hide under the Federal Government believing that with the federal government behind them, they could do anything. No. We are saying to them that in all parts of the world, oil companies operate from the areas where the oil is being produced.

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They should move their headquarters to the oil producing areas.

Shell tried to move their headquarters to Port Harcourt, but they have not completed doing that.

Mobil should move their headquarters to Eket. They do not have to be at the federal capital.

Agip should move their headquarters to Yenagoa.

Chevron should move their headquarters to Warri.

A situation whereby taxes which should be paid to the Niger Delta are being paid to Lagos State is not good. You know when you have about 50 expatriates living in a place like Chevron, they will employ over a thousand Nigerians and businesses would thrive.

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It is unfortunate that Chevron had to build a whole estate in Gbagada in Lagos. They have over 30 buses carrying their workers in Lagos when they do not even have one boat in their operation area in Excravos or Rivers State where they operate.

Culled from Vanguard


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