FG tasked on peace in Niger Delta

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Par­tic­i­pants at a work­shop in Abuja yes­ter­day ad­vised the Fed­eral Govern­ment on ways to achieve sus­tain­able peace in the Niger Delta.

The work­shop, themed "In­sta­bil­ity in Nige­ria's Niger Delta: The Post Amnesty Pro­gramme and Sus­tain­able Peace build­ing", was or­gan­ised by the Peace and Se­cu­rity Cen­tre of Com­pe­tence Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, an of­fice of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

The direc­tor of the cen­tre, Hol­ger Grimm, said it was un­for­tu­nate that "The pres­ence of oil in Nige­ria did not make the hap­pi­ness for all.

"What has to be done to achieve peace in the area is to go into an in­clu­sive process to make the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties part of the peace process and to take re­ally care of the needs of the peo­ple, which has not re­ally be done be­cause there are per­sons say­ing so far, this amnesty pro­gramme has mainly sought to buy peace. But you can­not buy peace with money. You need to es­tab­lish sus­tain­able peace by de­vel­op­ing a com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy."

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