The Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has strongly condemned recent attacks on the oil and gas facilities across the state and urged all residents of the state to cooperate with the security agencies in their bid to unmask criminal elements behind the heinous crime.
He urged the security agencies to intensify their surveillance of the oil facilities and pledged the commitment of his administration to support all measures that would restore the confidence of all stakeholders in the oil and gas companies operating in Delta state.
The Governor, who spoke in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, said, “These attacks should be condemned by all well meaning Nigerians, particularly compatriots from Niger Delta. This is an attack on our soul. The state is bleeding again and its implication for the economy and image of Delta state grave.”
Okowa recalled that last week, his administration hosted a stakeholders’ summit on the effects of vandalism of oil and gas facilities in the state; where the various arms of the security agencies, the oil and gas operators and the host communities converged to brainstorm on measures to stem the activities of vandals. He noted these attacks, coming just few days after the summit, was not a good way of reciprocating the good intentions of his government and the enormous resources that are being invested in turning around the fortunes of the state.
He further charged community leaders and youth groups to resist any temptation to be drawn into these nefarious activities as this might jeopardize the on-going intervention of federal government, in the lives of the youths, through the Amnesty Office.
“Do not be part of this crime and refuse to listen to any leader or politician who would want to pitch one ethnic nationality against the other as a result of these incidents. The destruction of oil facilities is purely criminal and we reject attempts to label it otherwise,” the statement averred.