By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY—Hope for Niger Delta Campaign, HNDC, a non-governmental organisation based in The Netherlands, has said that the current attack on oil installations in the Niger Delta region by Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, was not in the interest of the region.
The group commended the Federal Government for the withdrawal of the military from the area, and urged the militant group to explore this opportunity by suspending attacks on oil installations and embark on meaningful discussions with the Federal Government if they claim that their agitation is in the interest of the people of the Niger Delta.
Niger Delta activists, founder and Executive Director of NNDC, Mr Sunny Ofehe, who spoke to Vanguard, said that the attacks will not only cripple oil production but will have serious health implications for the people of the region.
According to him, “The environment has faced despoliation from crude oil extraction. The main occupation of the people which is farming and fishing have been gravely affected by oil spills and pollution from gas flaring.
“Any meaningful agitation should be targeted at addressing these situations and calling on the government and oil multinational companies to meet these needs and remediate the environment of the people. This must be done in an organised manner with all stakeholders.”