Delta Renewed Insurgency: APC Media Group Urge Gov. Okowa To Negotiate Peace With Militants To Avoid State Of Emergency

Source: Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, Dr.
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Rescue Delta Media Group (RDMG) of the Delta State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), perused the press statement by the State government calling on militants to stop the destruction of oil and gas installations in Delta.

RDMG is pained that the state governor has extremely become docile and insensitive to the plight of Deltans which is why it took the state government several days to make official statement over the heinous crimes of militants that blew up several gas and crude oil pipelines installations in the state.

The Director of Strategic Political Communication of RDMG, Dr. Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe berated the State government for trivializing the massive bombardments and blowing of major pipelines by condemning the huge economic sabotage via a mere press statement by Press Secretary to the Governor instead of a state live broadcast or press conference by Governor Okowa to send serious signals to the militants.

The press statement did not explain the strategies which Delta State government will adopt to secure Deltans and the governor's plan to join forces with the federal government to protect oil and gas pipelines and other prime properties of government in the state.

We urged Governor Okowa to be more serious in handling the renewed insurgency by taking proactive and decisive actions to restore peace in the state; haven received eight (8) months security votes of not less than N80 million per month.

RDMG is by this statement calling on the state governor to temporarily relocate his office to the war zones in the creeks; negotiate peace and make useful recommendations to the federal government on how to stop the looming disaster and economic sabotage which may also render communities desolate in the state.

Gov. Okowa should abandon other official engagements and liaise with governors of Bayelsa and Rivers State so as to work together in a watertight synergy to provide answers to the cause of the renewed insurgency and wanton destruction of oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta.

RDMG is of the opinion that it is not enough for the state government to condemn the bombardments, it is more ideal for the governor to work closely with governors of Bayelsa, Rivers, the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) and other security operatives to restore peace and smooth economic activities in the state and region.

Failure on the part of the governor and Delta State government to proactively tackle the renewed insurgency may force the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the state so as to enthrone full military operations to restore peace and prevent economic sabotage.

RDMG hereby remind governor Okowa that proceeds from oil and gas exports are the only sources of income which sustains Delta and other states of the federation; which is why he must of a necessity relocate his office temporarily to the creeks with the assistance of JTF, the Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro and the State Waterways Security Operatives.

Charles Onokuta.
Deputy Media Director
Asaba, Delta State.
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