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Buhari meets Niger Delta leaders

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with Niger Delta stakeholders as part of deliberate efforts toward finding lasting solutions to the menace of militancy in the region.

Those attending the meeting are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, some governors, ministers and other political appointees from the Niger Delta region.

The affected governors are those from Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and deputy governor of Rivers.

Others are Service Chiefs, Inspector-General of Police Idris Ibrahim and Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Alhaji Lawal Daura, as well as traditional rulers and representatives of militant groups.

Also attending are former governors, civil rights activists and community leaders from the Niger Delta region, including Obong Victor Attah, Chief Edwin Clark, Timi Aliabe, Diette Spiff, Ledu Mitee, Florence Ita-Giwa, Tony Uranta, Nkoyo Toyo, Sen. Ewa Henshaw, Seminatri Bozimo and Roland Owei.

The ministers attending the meeting are those of Interior, Justice, Transport, Budget and National Planning as well as Ministers of State for Health, Niger Delta Affairs.

The Chairmen, Senate and House of Representatives committees on Upstream, Downstream as well as Niger Delta are also in the meeting.

The meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, started around 12.10p.m.

The stakeholders are expected to make submissions on issues that border on the economic and human capital development as well as security and restoration of peace in the region.

The meeting with the president is also expected to “focus on [the] socio-economic development of the region as well as building a strong synergy with multinational oil companies operating in the area”.


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