The Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Friday resumed the peace talks with oil communities with a visit to Yenogoa, Bayelsa capital.
During the tour, Osinbajo pledged the rapid development of the oil bearing communities in the region.
Speaking at the stakeholders meeting during the ongoing dialogue, Osinbajo noted that the oil industry was the dominant source of foreign exchange earnings and that it was high time the country added value to crude oil.
According to him, adding value to crude oil will bring enormous economic benefits to oil bearing communities.
Osinbajo assured that the Federal Government was committed to rapid development of oil communities in the Niger Delta region and urged stakeholders to support the peace efforts.
He noted that the oil communities were fundamental to the development plans of the FG and urged stakeholders to embrace peace for development to take place.
Earlier, Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa noted that dialogue and consultations remained the most effective solution to the Niger Delta crisis rather than military option.
He solicited the support of the FG in tackling the development challenges facing the state as the difficult terrain had made the cost of providing infrastructure too exhorbitant to the state government.
Mr Udens Eradiri, President of Ijaw Youths Council appealed to the FG to legalise the operation of artisanal refineries to create jobs for the teeming youths and save the environment.
He observed that the artisanal refineries if legalised would be operated in an environmentally sustainable manner stressing that job creation for the youths was a panacea to check militancy. ##