PORT HARCOURT â€”Â Â OVER four hundred pipelines have been ruptured in the Niger Delta within the last two years.
Chairman, Pipeline Profes-sionalsâ€™ Association of Nigeria (PLAN), Dr Joseph Dorgu, who made this known in Port Harcourt, said the vandalism was caused by those he termed third expressionist group, otherwise known as militants in the region.
Noting that the action of the expressionist group was triggered largely by the absence of integrity in the system, Dr Dorgu said one way the nation could consolidate on the peace brought about by amnesty was for all sections to demonstrate integrity and transparency.
He added that government should productively engage employable group in the region, suggesting dialogue at all times in conflict resolution.
He also called for a strong electoral process that would produce popular leadership at all times in the country as another way to avert tension in the region.
On the plan by the Federal Government to concedeÂ ten percent equity to oil producing communities in the region, Dorgu said it was necessary to properly define things to avoid another round of tension in the region.
He said, issues like host communities, impact commu-nities and access communities have to be looked into.
He said stakeholders and oil/ gas companies should also be consulted during the process to properly define these communities.
Dr Dorgu, who called for a an effective and efficient pipeline system in the country, said there was urgent need for the pipeline system to grow, noting that the growth would bring about stability in all sectors of the economy
On the proposed deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, Dr Dorgu advised government to ensure basic facilities that would promote healthy competition were on ground before it deregulates.
â€œAs soon as you deregulate without proper plan, there will be problem,â€ he said.