2023: Tinubu Meets Ex-militant Leaders, Others In Bayelsa
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has met with ex-militant leaders and key stakeholders from the Niger Delta region.
This online media understands that Tinubu, on Tuesday, met with the Niger Delta stakeholders in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, to unveil a snippet of his economic blueprint.
A source at the meeting told Vanguard that Tinubu assured the stakeholders of his readiness to develop the region and sustain the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
The source added that the APC flagbearer assured the people of the region of the proper implementation of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Master Plan.
According to the source, Tinubu also unveiled a snippet of his economic blueprint, particularly taking the Niger Delta stakeholders on a journey of how his administration would reap the gains from the Russia-Ukraine war in the area of gas and oil revenues.
The source said Tinubu said the ongoing war has thrown Europe into an energy crisis as they were looking towards Africa for gas energy and Nigeria would be a major player.
Speaking with the newspaper, a Niger Delta leader, Chief Prere Agbeinfa, said that the meeting discussed the recent award of the crude oil pipeline surveillance contract.
Agbeinfa said the meeting agreed that the surveillance contract was done in line with such plan by the current and successive administrations.
He said: “We are aware of the fact that oil and gas are primarily located in the Niger Delta and the contract is meant to protect the free flow of exploration that will generate billions of dollars into the nation’s treasury.
“It is also agreed that these crude oil pipeline surveillance contractors are working in partnership with beneficiaries of PAP in order to arrest the oil thieves and secure the pipelines which will benefit millions of families across Nigeria and boost the nation’s economy.
“As a visionary, Asiwaju Tinubu has also pledged not to terminate PAP that has benefitted millions of Niger Deltans but instead he promised to work with the Ex-Militant leaders and we’ll meaning Nigerians for the sustained finding of the programme.”