It also urged members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to desist from further destruction of oil facilities in the region and embrace negotiation with the federal government. The House took these resolutions following the passage of a motion sponsored by Hon. Ekpenyong Essien Ayi (PDP-Cross River) and 29 others.
It advised the Buhari administration to embrace dialogue in tackling the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta as against the confrontational approach. It also urged the government to formulate a sustainable plan to end militancy in the region.
To secure the additional funding for the amnesty programme, the House mandated its leadership to interface with the Federal Government in releasing the sum of N35, 824, 488, 493. 27 shortfall for the Amnesty Office. In his lead motion, Hon. Essien said that militancy in the Niger Delta between 2006 and 2009 reduced the nation’s oil production output by more than a quarter to 1.6 million barrels per day.
He reminded his colleagues that the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, in reacting to the militancy in the region, introduced the Amnesty Programme in 2009 where about 30, 000 militants laid down their arms and embraced the amnesty programme.
Meanwhile, the House has mandated its committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to investigate the alleged irregularities in the execution of Abuja Centenary City Project, with a view to determining whether it was done in line with the standard procedures.
The Centenary City project was intended to mark Nigeria’s 100 year of existence as a country since the amalgamation of 1914. It was initiated by former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s administration on January 1, 2014, and expected to be funded through the private sector.