The Minister of Petroleum Resources, and Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday said that pipeline vandalism in the country would only stop when employment opportunities are created for the Niger Delta Militants.

Kachikwu made this assertion at a town hall meeting organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, stating that, with the recent bombings of pipeline installations in strategic oil cities by the new Militants, NDA, it would take several years to restore the damages already done in the oil sector.

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“Modular refineries are going to be the answer to our problems in the future. We talk about the militants and their agitations; the reality is that until we begin to put things in place that would have these so-called ‘militants’ find opportunities in the sector, the destruction is going to continue.

“I have appealed to those who are breaking oil pipelines, for now, the Niger Delta Avengers and everybody else, and as you know, we are engaging in negotiations for us to find peace this week and be able to enter a truce that stops all the destruction.

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“So we can find a direct link between what we do and the oil that we produce. Then the restiveness will go. More than just the depot, I think Akwa Ibom deserves more.”

Ibe Kachikwu called on the government to ensure a steady employment provision for the youths in Nigeria, especially in the South-South region.



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