The Minister of State for Petroleum has been faulted by Pan Niger Delta Forum, Chief Timipre Sylva when he made comments about the International Oil Companies not being able to relocate their headquarters in the Niger Delta region due to insecurity.
The minister is being both fallacious and provocative says, PANDEF.
The PANDEF National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, said in his statement that, remarks like this coming from a bonafide son of the Niger Delta region is rather unfortunate, with emphasis that insecurity was not peculiar to the crude oil and gas-rich region.
The statement reads, “It is been advanced by those who do not mean well for the Niger Delta region. They do not want the International Oil Companies to move back to the Niger Delta region and the reasons are obvious.
“It is, therefore, rather unfortunate that the Minister of State Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, a bona fide Niger Deltan, is also echoing that vexing chorus. The question we would like to ask is whether insecurity is peculiar to the Niger Delta region. Are there no security issues in Lagos and the rest of the country?
“PANDEF made a recollection that the Minister of State Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, allegedly made comparable remarks when the NNPC Board managed by himself, visited the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, in the Government House, at Port Harcourt, in August last year.
“At that instance, he also made mention that IOCs would transfer their operational headquarters to the Niger Delta region only when the security of the region improves. oddly, the IOCs work and abandon millions of barrels of oil, and gas, every day from that region with no mention of insecurity.
“But they present the excuse of insecurity when it comes to the relocation of their operational headquarters to the region.”