Acting President Osinbajo with Niger Delta leaders during last Friday's meeting
Acting President Osinbajo with Niger Delta leaders during last Friday’s meeting

By Ogbolu George with agency report

A peace advocacy group, Niger Delta Non-Violence Youth Leaders Assembly (NDYLA), has applauded acting President Yemi Osinbajo for his visit to Bayelsa, describing it as a morale booster.

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The acting President had on Friday visited the leaders of the Niger Delta, to discuss ways to end violence in the area and improve the region’s crude oil production.

And the group said in a statement that the visit had revived the hope of the Niger Delta people for a sustainable peace and development.

The group said the openness displayed by the acting President and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, showed that the people of the Niger Delta would have a better deal at the federal level.

It applauded Kachikwu on the proposed 20-point agenda by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and called for his elevation to a substantive minister, to encourage him to do more.

”We are asking the Federal Government to inaugurate a team that will work with Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) to review and consider the 16-point agenda, including the Ledum Mitee report, among others.

”We urge the Federal Government and National Assembly to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) Bill and establish the Nigeria Merchant Navy Base to enhance security on our waterways.

”Federal Government should also expedite action toward commencement of the Bonny LNG and the Brass LNG.

”We call on the Federal Government to build five functional sea ports of international standard for the region, and commence the clean up processes of the Koluama Oil Spill in Bayelsa.” The group said.

NDYLA also urge the Federal Government to make an upward review of the derivation formula and consider the inclusion of indigenous firms and the allocation of Oil blocks.