By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJAâ€”Minister of State for Defence, Chief Demola Seriki yesterday sounded the alarm bells to the visiting Director, International Policy and Planning of the British Ministry of Defence, Mrs. Theresa Jones when he said that Nigeriaâ€™s crude oil production per day has reduced from 2million barrels, to 800, 000 as a result of the conflict in the Niger Delta, noting
there was urgent need for Britain to partner Nigeria to resolve the crisis.
Said the minister, â€œToday, we are operating at about 800, 000 barrels. It ought to be 2million barrels and this is a great deal of loss in terms of revenue to our nation.
We need assistance of Britain to avert these losses. Aside this, quite a number of Britons and other foreigners have been kidnapped and made to go through harrowing experiences. So the problem should not be seen as a Nigeria problem aloneâ€.
â€œAs our long time friends whose relationship go back over a hundred years, we need a formidable relationship and partnering to fight the menace in the Niger Delta, so that we can continue to maintain that peaceful and loving culture for which our country is known forâ€.
On the issue of Nigeriaâ€™s membership of the United Nations, the minister called on Britain to support Nigeriaâ€™s quest of becoming a member of the security council pointing out that the nation’s immense contributing to international peace support operations and her big brotherly role in ensuring peace and security in ECOWAS and African Union deserved better recognition.
Mrs. Jones on her part, noted that the UK Ministry of Defence was focusing on providing assistance in the area of training of Nigeriaâ€™s military personnel in British training institutions as well as helping to establish standard and capable training institutions in Nigeria to help train military personnel.