By Onoja Innocent
BOMADI—Niger Delta ex-militant leaders under the umbrella of Coalition of Urhobo/Isoko Ex-Militant Leaders, have given a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government over what they termed “marginalization of ex-militant leaders of Urhobo/Isoko ethnicities in the issuance of pipeline surveillance contracts to Niger Delta ex-militant leaders.
Speaking after their meeting in Ughelli, Delta State, they resolved that the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan, should correct the wrongs done to them without delay by including the them in the pipeline surveillance jobs in their areas, noting that failure to do so would portray the Jonathan government as biased against youths of Urhobo/Isoko ethnicities.
In a resolution by Chairman of the coalition, Mr. Oghenetega Ebirie, they pointed out that over 65 percent of oil/gas pipelines in Delta State runs through Urhobo/Isoko lands and that marginalising ex-militant leaders from the area in pipeline surveillance jobs was injustice to them, where over 65 ex-militant leaders are currently in the amnesty programme.
“We are not happy about this ill-treatment. We are made up of Phases One, Two and Three ex-militants and we are calling on President Jonathan, Chairman of the Amnesty Programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Steve Oru and Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Allison Madueke to address this issue within seven days,” he said.