Ongoing Niger Delta peace talk will include fishermen, others – Kachukwu

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The Federal Government on Tuesday said the ongoing peace talk in the Niger Delta region would involve all stakeholders including fishermen and community representatives.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu and the Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Gen. Paul Boro (rtd), said all stakeholders would participate in the dialogue.

A statement signed by Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, said the two presidential aides spoke in Yenagoa when they paid a courtesy visit to the governor.

The duo assured the people of the region that the ongoing efforts aimed at addressing insecurity were intended to achieve enduring peace and stability in the region.

Kachikwu said the federal government was committed to “a financially-driven and economically-motivated pattern” of resolving security concerns and development in Bayelsa and the entire region.

He appealed to the Niger Delta agitators to embrace dialogue for the common good of all stakeholders, saying oil as a God-given resource was endowed in the region to unify the people of the country.

Boroh was also quoted as describing the peace initiative as all-encompassing, saying it was designed to engage all stakeholders including fishermen in the creeks.