By Victor Otigbu

WARRI—Itsekiri National Youth Council, INYC, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for dialoguing with leaders of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, a coalition of monarchs, leaders and stakeholders of the coastal states of the Niger Delta region, led by former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Niger Delta Leader, Chief E.K Clark and former Presidential Adviser on Legislative Matters, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, during the meeting between the Presidency and Pan-Niger Delta Stakeholders on lasting peace in the region at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

INYC also called on the Federal Government to show commitment to the dialogue to win the agitators’ trust.

The group also told members of the negotiation committee that the responsibility before them was important, and called on them to sincerely display high sense of inclusiveness, by factoring the interest of every section of the Niger Delta region, particularly the Itsekiri ethnic nationality.

President of INYC, Oritseweyinmi Agbateyiniro, said: “If our daily crude oil production of 2.2 million barrels per day had been sustained, Nigeria would have been having savings in the Excess Crude Account by now. Crude oil bench mark is $38 per barrel while the oil is now oscillating around $45 per barrel, meaning that we would have been having about $8 per barrel saved in the Excess Crude Account.”

This  preliminary negotiations and scaling down of hostilities by militants in the region will bring about the needed stability which is one key factor that attract and cause development to thrive anywhere in the world.”,


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