Abuja - The Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) has recommended a number of measures it believes could combat rampant vandalism of oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta.
The organisation said there was a need for more consultations and negotiations among stakeholders in the region.
These include the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), traditional rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities (TROMCON), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Joint Task Force (JTF) and youth leaders in the region. Their interactions will be with a view to identifying the real cause of this monumental economic sabotage and to proffer solutions.
CCC recommended the Presidential Amnesty Office, which coordinates the reintegration and training programmes for former agitators in the region, should properly get the restive youths constantly reintegrated into its programme.
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Government at the federal and state levels have also been urged to continue show greater concern on the plight of riverine communities who are desperately lacking basic amenities such as roads, portable water, schools, hospitals among others.
CCC said there was s the need for the NNPC and other stakeholders to urgently invest in and deploy digital system of surveillance, including drones, which has the capacity to detect and report anywhere pipelines are tampered with while relevant government agencies must engage in sensitization of citizens against wilful destruction of critical assets.
“The Centre for Crisis Communication condemns in its entirety the renewed vandalisation of oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta,” said Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (Rtd), Executive Secretary of the organisation.
He said the recent attack on the Abiteye flow station and Sagara Chevron pipelines in Warri, Delta State last week showed an attempt by well-organised vandals to disrupt the resumption of steady supply of petroleum products and gas supply to power stations in Nigeria.
“This unpatriotic act was carried out by well determined criminal gang are intended to divert attention from the on-going fight against insurgency and corruption and to bring the country to its knees.”
CCC provides needed supports and intervention in crisis information management for critical stakeholders.
- CAJ News