In exchange for peace, the Niger Delta stakeholders on Tuesday presented a 16-point request before President Muhammadu Buhari asking, among other things.
Chief Alfred Diete-Spiff, the Chairman of Bayelsa State Traditional Council, confirmed this development to State House correspondents in Abuja after a meeting between President Buhari and the stakeholders from the region.
“The 16-point included, generally, infrastructure development, manpower and human resources and of course, you have the welfare of the people.
“These are the main things. The locations of the oil companies, is one of the points that we pointed out.
“These IOCs (international oil companies) have their headquarters somewhere in Lekki or Abuja and even their operational headquarters are not within the area of their operations.
“This is not right because even the `pay as you earn tax’ is not coming to the region.
“The workers, nobody is engaged locally there; they just come and harvest and go away.The presence of the military, of course, you know, has been agitating the boys and that too we said it should be reversed.’’