Niger Delta Hostilities: Gov. Okowa Resort To Prayers Over Dwindling Oil Revenue

Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) – 

Gov. Okowa (left) and his Deputy, Kingsley Otuaro on their knees in  prayer
Gov. Okowa (left) and his Deputy, Kingsley Otuaro on their knees in prayer

Irked by the dwindling revenue accruing to the state due to the excessive damage on oil and gas installations by renewed militant attacks in the Niger Delta region, Governor Ifeanyi Governor, Okowa has gone to seek God’s intervention, as he expressed confidence in the ability of God to change the fortunes of the country for good.

According to the Governor who spoke at a special prayer session for God’s intervention in the Niger Delta crisis, “there is nothing that is impossible before God and through His Holy book, the Bible, He made us to know that what we ask of Him, He will grant us.”

The prayer session was organized by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South South region in conjunction with Delta State chapter at the Christ’s Missionary Crusaders Church, Warri for God to save the situation in Niger Delta which has led to heavy military presence in the area with the country losing a lot of oil revenue.
Governor Okowa spoke through his Special Assistant, Special Duties, Barr. Tareri Avwomakpa.

“I thank CAN for its concern for the situation of things in the country; we need to pray because, our God does not sleep, our God hears prayers and we know that with prayers, He can change positively beyond our imagination the current situation of things in the region and our country,” he said, adding, “Christians are known for their peaceful dispositions to issues, it is good that we apply peaceful means in whatever we do to enable us achieve success, we should always give room for dialogue and avoid destruction of things that keeps us as one.”

The Governor asserted, “I believe in the efficacy of prayers, when we call on our God, He will answer us.”

Also recall that during his ongoing commissioning and inspection of projects in parts of Delta state, Governor Okowa observed that, “Recently, our revenue dropped remarkably as a result of the bombing of oil facilities, it is time for us to give peace a chance, we cannot continue to destroy ourselves in the course of our anger, we need to stop pipeline bombings, we need to stop all vices because, a lot of investors are coming to our state and we need conducive environment, peaceful environment to encourage them.

“I use this occasion to passionately appeal to Deltans to shun any form of social vices, especially, bombing of oil facilities, such actions does not portray the state in good light before investors who are eager to do business in the state.”

Supply disruptions caused by a string of attacks by the Niger Delta Avengers militant group in Nigeria had brought the oil exporter’s production to the lowest in 20 years.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, said output had dropped to between 1.5 and 1.6 million barrels per day from 2.2 million bpd at the start of the year.

However, Kachikwu expressed hope that the dialogue would yield positive results and get Nigeria back to maximum production as the country was currently producing about 1.6mbpd, about 600,000 barrels, short of the 2.2mbpd production target of the 2016 budget.

Meanwhile, the Niger Delta Avengers has agreed to sheath its swords for dialogue, after series of plea by Nigerians, interest groups, the Federal Government and the International Community, but with some conditions which include, the re-establishment of the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko in Delta State and the immediate implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference report, among others.
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