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2019: Militants demand Niger Delta blueprint

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AHEAD of the 2019 elections, a group , the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators , has demanded a blueprint for the development of the oil – producing region from each presidential candidate and other politicians jostling for various elective positions .
The coalition of militants, who warned that it would declare ‘ Operation Zero Oil Flow ’ if the candidates failed to explain their plans for the region , also urged them to state their positions on the relocation of multinational oil and gas companies to the Niger Delta region .

A statement by the convener of the coalition and leader of the Niger Delta Watchdogs , ‘ General ’ John Duku, and 15 other militant leaders , asked the presidential candidates for an action plan towards a functional seaport in the region and their plans for the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries .

“ We want to state emphatically that if the candidates do not , as a matter of urgency , declare the position of Niger Delta in their agendas, as well as issue their blueprint for infrastructural development and other programmes for the region , we shall resist their campaigns in the Niger Delta .

“ We assure them ( politicians ) that they cannot win election in the region; and if they win with the votes of other zones , we shall declare ‘ Operation Zero Oil Flow ’ from the Niger Delta region, ” the group said .

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