Militants Are Not Ready For Dialogue –Presidency
The Presidency has said that despite the Federal Government’s effort at pursuing dialogue with the Niger Delta stakeholders, militant groups have not reciprocated the government’s gesture towards finding peaceful solution to the crisis in the oil-producing areas of Nigeria.
According to a statement issued by the presidency, It quoted the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, as making the observation in an interview he granted to a Kano-based radio station, Express Radio.
Shehu, said “Despite the government’s demonstration of goodwill by bringing stakeholders to the roundtable, militant groups have continued to blow up national economic assets.” He furrther added that the continued destruction of oil installa-tions had frustrated peace talks.
Shehu appealed to Niger Delta leaders to facilitate the stoppage of violence and economic sabotage in the area. “We must keep national interest above all else and give priority to eschewing violence and destruction,” he said.
Shehu also said the Federal Government was facilitating development by speeding up ongoing projects and investing in construction and repair of highways, railways and electricity plants.
According to the presidential spokesman, a number of projects that existed only on paper are being executed.
“Kano-Katsina dual highway was awarded three years ago by the last administration. They didn’t pay a kobo for its start-up. President Buhari just paid money for the first tranche of 75 kilometres and work has begun,” he added.
Shehu underscored the essence of infrastructure in the country’s economic and industrial take-off, describing it as playing the same role that the arteries play in the human body.