Orubebe Says Militants Still threaten Niger Delta-Greenbarge Reporters
- Minister of Niger Delta, Chief Godsday Orubebe has confirmed that his ministry is still contending with militancy in the Niger Delta, leading to some foreigners refusing to work in the region.
Orubebe, who spoke to newsmen shortly after presenting his ministry’s 2012 performance report to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja today, confirmed that pockets of Niger Delta militants are still giving the government sleepless nights.
He said that when the Niger Delta ministry was created in 2008, he, then as minister of state in the new ministry, moved into the creeks to dialogue with the militants.
The minister stated that the end product of his interaction with the militants culminated into the amnesty that was later granted them by the then President Umar Musa Yar’adua.
He said that following the granting of amnesty, many ex militants have gone through trainings in various crafts, especially, in the oil and gas related fields.
According to Orubebe, another 701 none militant youths were trained in oil and gas related fields last year, adding that most of the N39 billion that was released to his ministry in the 2012 budget of N58 billion went into the construction of the Eastern by pass road with 42 bridges and hundreds of culverts.
Orubebe, whose suspension from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was announced yesterday by leadership of his local council in Bayelsa state, dismissed such pronouncement as ranting of illegally constituted body.
According to him, those who announced his suspension are not the genuine leaders of PDP, but those who are seeking for relevance through cheap publicity.