What transpired during my meeting with Niger Delta Avengers – Dalung




Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has
disclosed details of his discreet meeting with the Niger
Delta Avengers (NDA).
Dalung said he traveled to Oporoza in Gbaramatu kingdom
in Delta State last Wednesday for a face to face chat with
the agitators as part of the federal government’s
commitment to ending bombing of oil installations in the
region.
Dalung told newsmen at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting
of the Southern senatorial zone of Plateau State, that he
took a two-hour journey to the creeks via the sea.
He said: “As youth minister, I know that the Avengers are
mostly youths who have potentials to be great citizens of
this country.”
“On reaching the community after the two-hour journey on
the high sea, I met with the members of the communities
who told me that their dream was to be included in the
Nigerian project, that the education facilities and other
basic social amenities are almost non-existent in the
communities. They also raised concern of incessant
attacks by the Nigerian Military.”
Dalung recalled that after meeting with the communities, he
was escorted by the Niger Delta ambassadors to the
leadership of Avengers who gave him a hand-written letter
specifying their demands which he said he was yet to
present to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said he has not open the letter but that the Avengers
had raised three important issues to him.
“The issues include the Niger-Delta Maritime University,
pipeline community policing which they said the
government had denied them, and the inability of the
government to continue with the amnesty programme
established by former President Umaru Musa Yarádua
Yar’Adua.”
He lamented what he saw while there, saying the level of
degradation in Niger-Delta communities was disturbing.
“After going round some of the communities, I noticed that
government projects were almost non-existent. I saw a
secondary school signboard somewhere but the school is
yet to be developed, the community has a clinic but still at
the foundation level and a borehole that is not functional.”

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