Asaba - Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu on Thursday meet with the representatives of militant group Niger Delta Avengers, who has been bombing oil pipelines, reports Sahara Reporters.
Kachikwu met with the group and other militant groups at the Governor's Office in Asaba, Delta State.
It was learnt that President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly directed the Minister to embark on the trip.
The meeting also had in attendance the Delta State Governor, Patrick Ifeanyi Okowa; an Itsekiri militant leader, Ayirimi Emami; a representative of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Michael Johny;and two persons representing the interest of the Niger Delta Avengers: Gbeneka Godspwoer and Dan Ekpebide.
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The meeting resolved that Kachikwu should visit Gbaramatu to show good faith by the federal government to reinstate the Maritime University project, which is one of the key issues in the conflict.
The Minister later visited Gbaramatu and the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko.
Kachikwu’s visit is coming just three days after he and Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi openly disagreed over the sustainability of the university at a town hall meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
News 24 had reported that While Amaechi said the university project was not possible and feasible, Kachiwkw said it was wrong for the government to have stopped the university project.
Amaechi said: “I am not against the University. My argument about Okerenkoko is that the land alone is N13 billion. If you give me N13 billion I will buy half of Lagos. That N13 billion has built the university already so there is no need to spend more money.
“Let EFCC retrieve the money from them and then release them and we would build the University. I believe the Federal government has no money to continue. When we have money we would continue.
However, responding to Amaechi, Kachikwu said: “First let me say on Maritime University, I disagree with the Minister of Transport.
“Any facility that is placed in the south south, we should work towards developing it. I don’t care the circumstances under which we are placed…
“It is not my position to determine whether land was valued at N19 billion or N10 billion or N3 billion. The appropriate institutions which are the court systems will determine that.
“That has nothing to do with the development of the infrastructure. As far as I know, so much has gone into that property. So much fiscal assets are being developed. We are not going to throw the baby with the bath water. We will deal with the issues but the university will be developed.
- News 24