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I’m not fighting Ibori, says Uduaghan

WARRI — DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has dismissed as false insinua-tions that he was at daggers-drawn with his predecessor, Chief James Ibori, who governed the state from 1999 to 2007.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Vanguard, Uduaghan asked, “where is the dagger? I don’t have a dagger. So I cannot be at daggers-drawn and I am not aware that he (Ibori) is with a dagger either.

“You see, Chief James Ibori was a governor for eight years and he is my predece-ssor and I respect him for that. I keep telling people that there is no way somebody can be a governor for eight years and you would say he doesn’t have experience.

“You cannot do away with his experience and naturally. There is no iota of truth in the claim that we fighting.”
On the perceived plan by the Federal Government to establish coastal guards to provide security for oil pipelines in the Niger-Delta,  the governor said he was still studying the details of the plan in terms of rehabilitation and reintegration, especially as it revolves around what to do with the youths.

According to him, it is very important to reintegrate the youths  into the society and do a mind-set change for those who have been in the creeks for a long time.

He said it also very vital to train them in various skills, having been in camps for a long time, stressing that those still trainable could be sent to secondary school and  university to acquire skill.

“Like I did propose, involving the communities in the security of oil facilities is very key, it’s not possible for the military alone to secure the oil facilities.

“We have kilometres and kilometres of pipelines, there is no way the security agencies can monitor those pipelines effectively because you cannot put them at every point.

“Now securing those pipelines entails involving the communities because for something to happen to the pipelines, the person or persons that are doing it have to be from the community or has link with people in the community.

“So if there is something like a community watch, they can help to protect the pipelines and there should be youths who should be patrolling and gather information to pass over to security agencies to act on.

“So, one of the things I think should be done is to involve them in monitoring oil facilities, especially the pipelines and gathering information so that the government can be proactive in dealing with the situation,” the governor asserted.


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