By Osa Okhomina — Jun 12, 2016.
Elders and traditional heads from Bayelsa East Senatorial District have written a letter to President Mohammad Buhari over the rising incidence of sea piracy, oil and gas pipelines attacks and violent crimes by the new militants in the Niger Delta region, saying the permanent solution to end sea piracy, kidnapping and new militancy is the take-off of the Brass Liquefied Natural Gas Project (Brass LNG).
The elders, made up of two local government councils of Brass and Nembe, said though the local and state governments had done much in the area of providing employment, initiating security and peace along the waterways and creeks of the state and the region, the delay in the take off of the Brass LNG project had left many youths jobless, restive and involved in the renewed violence in the region.
The Concerned Bayelsa Elders, in a statement issued yesterday, in Yenagoa, and signed by Chief Newton Ayibatare, said though a position paper had been sent to the Chairman of Brass local government, Hon. Bello Bina and the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, the take-off of the Brass LNG would employ over 16,000 restive youths and improve revenue to the local councils, state and federal governments.
According to the Elders, “We have watched with keen interest the recent development in the oil and gas sector and the renewed violence along the creeks including militancy in the region. We condemn the series of attacks on pipelines and the people of the state by sea pirates and militants in Bayelsa state. We commend the State and Federal Government for actions taken so far.