The Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro who is the Chairman of the Government Advocacy Committee against Pipeline Vandalism of the state, gave the advice while addressing people of the kingdom when he led members of the Advocacy team as part of the sensitization against Pipeline Vandalism.
The deputy governor who spoke to the people in their local language, said pipeline vandalism will have negative effect not only on the nation, and state but also the communities in the kingdom as well.
He said government condemn in strong terms the rate of this dastardly act going on in the riverine area, adding that no government will attain meaningful development with this spate of destruction of oil facilities.
According to him; “The on-going bombing of our critical oil facilities is unacceptable, government condemn it in very strong terms, they should stop it, they should deepen intelligence as to the remote and immediate cause and happenings and to create a platform of engagement and dialogue. We believe very strongly that we have to engage the people in dialogue. Because only dialogue can bring about sustainable peace and security in the area, that is what we are doing and that is what we are set to achieve”. Barr. Otuaro stated.
Barr. Otuaro advised the people not to be part of those perpetrating the act, but rather help government and security agencies in fishing out these criminals in their areas.
In his response, His Royal Majesty, Gold Oro Tiemo the Agadagba of Egbema kingdom who was represented by High Chief Matthew Tiemo, said the issue of insecurity and attack on oil/gas installations in some parts of the state and local government is worrisome.
“As traditional institution we preach peace, we live peace and therefore cannot feign ignorance of this negative development, we shall never be lured to indulge in such activities that are inimical to the economic wellbeing of the country, particularly Delta State”. He said.
He further suggest that the state government should meaningful reorganize the community base surveillance outfit for oil and gas facilities in the state by the involvement of prominent community leaders that have vast knowledge of their respective territories to act as overseers in each of the Kingdoms.
According to him, this will not only generate employment for the youths but will also create and promote a sense of ownership of these facilities.
He said despite their marginalization as an oil producing Kingdom, they have advised their youths never to part of such mischievous act.
He urged the government to unravel the brains behind the recent attack.
The high powered advocacy Committee is expected to visit Gbaramatu Kingdom in continuation of the sensitization tour against Pipeline Vandalism.