Monday, July 25, 2011

FG seeks foreign support for amnesty programme

21. July 2011

For the prevailing peace in the Niger Delta region to last, the international community and the multinational oil companies must lend their support to the amnesty programme, special adviser to the president on Niger Delta, Kingsley Kuku, has said.

Mr Kuku, who is also the coordinator of the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme, said in London at an event on the Niger Delta amnesty programme that the federal government had the vision to consolidate on the peace, safety, and security in the delta.

But he warned that the benefits of the programme could be derailed if necessary support from countries currently benefitting from the country’s rising oil production was lacking.

“It is true that as a result of the success of the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme, peace has returned to the Niger Delta and oil production has risen from 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 2.6 million barrel per day. But we must guard against being carried away. We must work together to sustain and consolidate this peace.

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