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Niger Delta leaders demand oil blocks, pipeline contracts from Buhari

11:18 Nov 2 2016 Abuja, Municipal Area Council, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

Niger Delta leaders demand oil blocks, pipeline contracts from Buhari
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Stakeholders from the Niger Delta under the aegis of the Pan Niger Delta Forum on Tuesday attributed the renewed militancy in the region to what they called alienation and lack of meaningful development of the region.

They said they had consulted widely and had come up with 16 points that could help the Federal Government achieve its “quick wins initiative.”

The Amanyanabo of Twon Brass Bayelsa State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, presented the requests to President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting the leaders had with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting held behind closed doors had five state governors, traditional rulers and other stakeholders from the region in attendance.

According to a 10-page document presented to the President, the Niger Delta leaders called for “inclusive participation in oil industry and ownership of oil blocs.”

They asked for what they called Host Community Content within the Nigerian Content framework across the entire enterprise chain of the petroleum and maritime sectors.
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