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FG committed to dialogue with the Niger Delta militants– SGF

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It has been disclosed that the Federal Government is  committed toresolving the militants crisis through dialogue.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr Babacir David Lawal, whomade this disclosure in Yola, the Adamawa state
capital while speaking to newsmen maintained that, the  government was however in dilemma in  identifying the genuine representatives of the
militants.

“Government is not averse to discussing with them (militants) but we need to know who is in charge and who we can discuss with meaningfully; that’s the dilemma of the government at the moment”, he
stated..

“There are so many groups making it difficult to know who to talk to and the level of control that group will bring to the process,” he said.

Lawal appealed to leaders of Niger Delta communities to intervene in calling the militants to order, pointing out that the activities of the militants were more inimical to the region than other parts of the
country.

“When they blow up oil pipelines the spill destroys their water and lands, a development that will take years to recover; they are more victims than the rest of Nigerians”, he lamented

The SGF explained that the militant activities, which he described as “pure act of sabotage” had seriously affected the nation’s crude oil export and energy supply.

On rebuilding North East, the SGF  said government commitment in that respect was still intact.

“We are very lucky in the North East because the president is passionate about the region, We have in the president a sympathizer to our problems,” Lawal said.

He said that the Federal Government had started implementing this year’s budget, adding that there was substantial money budgeted for projects in areas of infrastructure and rehabilitation in the region.

“The North East is going to experience a lot of reconstruction and rehabilitation this year.”

Babacir explained that organisations supported by the government such as General Danjuma Committee, Victim Support Fund, NEMA and Presidential Committee on North East (PINE) were also actively
involved in the North East project.

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