Published On: Sun, Mar 5th, 2017


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Press Statement
On the 4th March, 2017

The directives given by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to Multi National oil companies to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Niger Delta region has vindicated us. His call is one of the best initiatives by government to achieve lasting peace in the region. It is the greatest disservice to the host communities in the Niger Delta region for the oil companies to have their corporate headquarters located in cities outside the region. This is one of the major factors that keep on stirring the tide of militancy in the creeks. For the Government to achieve lasting solution to the oil crisis in the region, it must compel all the oil majors to relocate their head offices to the Niger Delta.

We throw our weight behind Prof. Osinbajo’s presidential directives. We are quite sure that his suggestion is the sure part to lasting peace in the region. The directive given by the Acting President should not end up in one of the Government’s usual talk shows. It should be implemented to the later and it must be done with immediate effect. The presidential directives are in consonance with the Nigerian Local Content Act. The host communities have been cheated enough. Let all oil and gas corporations in the Country relocate their headquarters to the Niger Delta. This position is in tandem with the 16 point demands of PANDEF, the Kaiama Declaration and our historic resource control agitation.

We call on the Acting President to implement its decision with immediate effect. The implementation should also cover NNPC. Any oil corporation that flouts the Government’s decision should be treated as enemy of peace and Niger Delta.

The irony of it is that while the Niger Delta lays the golden egg under the excruciating environmental hazards occasioned by the pollutant activities of oil explorations, people upstairs who do not even know the colour of the black gold are benefiting its proceeds. Crude oil which is supposed to be a blessing to the people is rather a curse to the owners who suffered on a daily basis the environmental despoliation. The region’s economic woes became compounded when the oil majors decided to plunder the people by citing their corporate headquarters in cities far from the Niger Delta leaving the people to suffer economic attrition. These are some of the reasons why the youth become increasingly agitated. With the directives on the oil companies to relocate their headquarters to the region, the end to the age-long Niger Delta oil war is feasible. Mr. Acting President should not back down on its decision. This is the sure path to peace in the region. There can be no guarantee peace in the region if the oil companies in collaboration with the Nigerian government keep on pillaging the Niger Delta people of our resources. The Government should know that it has just hit the sour point. We are waiting for its implementation.

Alaowei Cleric Esq.,
National President,
Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, (FHRACC).


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