Elders and traditional rulers of Bayelsa East Senatorial District have revealed permanent solution to end sea piracy, kidnapping and new militancy in the Niger Delta region.
According to them, the lasting solution is the take-off of the Brass Liquefied Natural Gas Project (Brass LNG).
The elders, made up of two local government councils of Brass and Nembe, said the delay in the takeoff of the Brass LNG project has left many youths jobless, restive and involved in the renewed violence in the region.
The Concerned Bayelsa Elders, in a statement issued Sunday in Yenagoa and signed by Chief Newton Ayibatare, said a position paper have been sent to the Chairman of the Brass Local Government, Hon. Bello Bina and the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, adding that the takeoff of the Brass LNG will employ over 16,000 restive youths and improve revenue to the local councils, state and federal governments.
“We have watched with keen interest the recent development in the oil and gas sector and the renewed violence along the creeks including militancy in the region.We condemn the series of attacks on pipelines and the people of the state by sea pirates,militabts in Bayelsa state. We commend the state and federal governments for actions taken so far.While we agree that there should be dialogue,the need to engage the youths with gainful employment is critica,” the statement said.
“In Bayelsa State, the need to speed up the takeoff of the Brass LNG is critical to support any form of dialogue between new militants and the Federal Government. We are aware that the Brass local council chairman, Bello Bina has tried to provide enabling enviroment for security and peace in the host communities. The Federal Government should prevail on Brass LNG to commence work and absorb over 16,000 youths in the council, state and federal governments.”
Meanwhile, the people of the area have condemned and called on the members of the new militant groups to embrace dialogue.