Abuja– One-of-a-kind Expert to the President on Niger Delta along with Coordinator of the Governmental Amnesty Weight loss program (PAP), Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), has really knocked the present strike on oil along with gas pipelines in the Niger Delta by some illinformed elements, warning the masterminds of the dreadful impacts of their suspicious task.
The PAP coordinator, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, against the backdrop of the recent assault on the Chevron Abiteye pipeline in Delta State, said the act is rebukable as it poses grave danger not only to the region but also to the Nigerian economy. “Pipeline vandalism is an avoidable self-inflicted agony. It is unreasonable to engage in such cruprit activity not only because of the resultant financial effect on the country but particularly as it also negatively affects the Niger Delta environment. The act of vandalising pipelines is counter-productive apart from it being a crime against the state. “Those involved in this nefarious activity are economic and environmental saboteurs. It will do well for them to refrain from it as my office is always open to dialogue regardless of their grievances. “The Federal Government already has in place a well-structured reintegration programme for youths of the region, which has helped in maintaining the peace and stabilizing security of the region. The Amnesty Programme has made militancy unattractive in the region mainly because of the government’s sincerity and commitment to the programme. The proper thing is for those behind such activity to embrace dialogue,” Boroh said.