• Why did The Gambian president declare the state an Islamic republic?

    22/Jan/2016 // 1053 Viewers

    The West African nation of The Gambia was declared an Islamic republic, in December, by its president. What are the implications for its people, and the region in general?


    Gambia's President, Yahya Jammeh, declared his West African country an Islamic republic, at a political rally, on 11 December - making it Africa's second, after Mauritania.

    The president justified his announcement by saying he was breaking from The Gambia's colonial past.

    The announcement was unexpected and similar to President Jammeh's decision to leave the Commonwealth in 2013 (after 48 years membership), which he also justified as an effort to fully decolonise.

    These announcements came at moments when President Jammeh's international relations but also domestic politics were increasingly strained, not helped by a deteriorating economy with a growing public-debt burden, which according to the IMF, reached about 100% of GDP at the end of 2014.

    President Jammeh had enjoyed close relations with Libya's late leader Muammar Gaddafi, and Tripoli provided significant aid and cash.

    And, in July 2009, the president bestowed The Gambia's highest order, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic of The Gambia, on Gaddafi.

    But President Jammeh surprised everybody in February 2011 by calling on him to resign as the Arab Spring began to hot up.

    Losing Gaddafi's money punched a big hole in The Gambia's budget.

    The president also broke off relations with Taiwan, in 2013, after it refused to provide more money to bail him out.

    He had probably hoped China would reward him for rupturing relations with Taipei, but this has not happened.

    Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi yan leader Muammar Gaddafi was once feted in The Gambia

    The Gambia also ended relations with Iran, in 2010, resulting in the cancellation of trade and aid projects such as the $2bn (£1.2bn) agreement to supply The Gambia with heavy and commercial vehicles.

    This has left The Gambia needing new allies.

    Turkey is one of the few that remains loyal, and President Jammeh went to Ankara on a state visit in 2014.

    The Turkish Armed Forces have trained the Gambian gendarmerie force since 1991, and Gambian soldiers train in Turkey to this day.

    Wooing the Gulf States and improving relations with Saudi Arabia seems to be part of President Jammeh's search for new friends.

    The Gambia map

    The Gambia announced in December it would accept Rohingya refugees from South East Asia as part of its "sacred duty", hoping this and becoming an "Islamic republic" opens cheque books and replaces past allies such as Libya, Iran and Taiwan.

    In December 2016, President Jammeh faces presidential elections.

    Playing up his Islamic credentials helps internationally but will also have a resonance domestically as 90% of Gambians are Muslim.

    What are the practical implications for individuals and society in the country?

    Given that President Jammeh's announcement appears to have been made on a whim, there is a lot of uncertainty on what type of "Islamic republic" The Gambia will become.

    Getty ImagesPresident Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

    President Yahya Jammeh:

    • born in May 1965
    • seized power in a coup in 1994
    • vowed to stay in power for "a billion years", if God wills
    • claimed in 2007 he could cure Aids and infertility with herbal concoctions
    • warned in 2008 that gay people would be beheaded
    • declared The Gambia an Islamic republic in 2015

    The country still has a secular constitution and a legal system based on English common law.

    Some aspects of traditional law and Sharia also apply, but Sharia does not apply to non-Muslims without consent.

    A 4 January 2016 executive directive that all female government staffers must cover their hair during office hours was quickly rescinded after its sparked anger among opposition leaders, activists and pro-democracy groups.

    The state broadcaster now regularly describes The Gambia as an "Islamic republic", and the country's Supreme Islamic Council has welcomed the change of status.

    It is not clear if the introduction of fully fledged Sharia is planned (non-Muslims were reassured in December) and whether there will be a referendum to amend the secular constitution.

    But the national flag will certainly be changed to reflect the country's new status.

    Does it make it more likely that fundamentalism and extremism will take hold?

    It is unlikely to have any impact immediately, as tourism is a prime source of revenue and President Jammeh runs the country with an iron fist.

    It is more likely frustrated young Gambians will over time become even more vulnerable to being radicalised because this "Islamic republic" will offer little new and growing inequality, poverty and the lack of jobs will remain pervasive.

    What impact will it have on the region?

    Relations with neighbouring Senegal are poor, and The Gambia is isolated within the regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).

    International Roots Festival ternational Roots Festival was set up to teach people about Gambian music, culture and customs


    an important industry in The Gambia

    An attempt by Ecowas, in 2015, to introduce term limits on presidents from the region was blocked by President Jammeh and his Togo counterpart, but highlighted their isolation.

    President Jammeh has ruled the country since seizing power through a coup in 1994 and seems to have no ambition to retire from being The Gambia's leader.

    Longer-term, the biggest single threat to The Gambia is climate change as Banjul risks becoming Atlantis because of rising sea-levels.

    Already, prime beaches are being visibly degraded, and this is impacting tourism.

    What does it mean for the West?

    Relations with the West are already poor because of concerns about human rights abuses:

    • The Gambia has pulled out of the Commonwealth because of pressure over its rights record
    • The US has suspended The Gambia's participation in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) over rights issues
    • In December 2015, the EU halted some $16m (£11m) in development assistance because of human rights

    The Gambia had already expelled the EU charge d'affairs, in June.

    The Gambia was never really strategic to the West, which is mostly indifferent to what happens there.

    Dr Alex Vines OBE is Head of the African Programme, Chatham House.





    Source: (BBC)

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  • GAMBIA: I'll run a transparent, all-inclusive government - President Adama Barrow

    22/Jan/2017 // 601 Viewers


    The Gambian President, Adama Barrow, yesterday promised the citizens of his readiness to a operate transparent and all-inclusive administration.

    Barrow said this while addressing newsmen in Dakar, Senegal.

    He said it was about time the country was repositioned to achieve greatness and development.

    “The time is now, they cannot be a better time because Gambians had waited for too long for this opportunity to come.

    “This government would involve all well-meaning citizens irrespective of political leanings and religion to build the country.

    “We shall together do this in order to redeem the good image of the country and move it to greater height,’’ the President said.

    Barrow said the people of Gambian were very happy that the change they yearned for had finally come, adding that all hands must be on deck to develop the country.

    He promised to unite all the warring factions for the good and development of the country.

    “With unity of purpose a lot can be achieved within the space of little time that everybody can be proud of anytime, anywhere.

    “With everybody on board, Gambia can become one of the great countries of the world going by its potential and human resources,’’ he said.

    He, therefore, called on the Gambians to give maximum support to the government, adding that he was ready and willing to deliver dividends of democracy to the good people.

    He expressed delight for the support extended to him during the trying time, adding that the people must remain dogged and resilient for the government to deliver dividends of democracy.

    Barrow specially appreciated the role played by Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari and ECOWAS and other International bodies that ensured that his mandate became a reality. (NAN)

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  • Finally, hope for NNAMDI KANU, others as UN Security Council issues statement, warns West African leaders to obey court orders, ensure rule of law henceforth

    22/Jan/2017 // 33789 Viewers


    PARIS, JANUARY 22, 2016: (DGW) IRKED by the blatant disregard for the rule of law by governments in the West African subregion, the President of the UN Security Council has issued a statement warning all West African governments to henceforth ensure respect for the rule of law by strict obedience to court orders.

    This was contained in a statement issued, signed and despatched to all governments in the sub-region.

    Below is a copy of the statement issued by the president and emailed to our newsroom a while ago


    Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Office for activities in West Africa and the Sahel ( S / 2016/1072 )

    Statement by the President of the Security Council

    The Security Council notes the report ( S / 2016/1072 ) the Secretary-General on the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and welcomes the presentation of the Special Representative Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed ibn Chambas, presented him on 13 January 2017.

    The Council welcomes the letter from its President of 29 December 2016 and its annex concerning the renewal of the mandate of UNOWAS for a further three-year period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019.

    The Council expresses its full support to the Special Representative and expects UNOWAS to strengthen its activities in conflict prevention, mediation and good offices, subregional and regional cooperation in the fight against cross-border threats and Peace and security, the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, and the promotion of good governance, respect for the rule of law, obedience to court orders and human Of gender mainstreaming.

    The Council welcomes the recent improvement in the political situation in West Africa, in particular the holding of free and peaceful elections in Cabo Verde and Ghana and the final outcome of the political dialogue in Guinea. He applauded the steps taken to develop and adopt political, institutional and constitutional reforms in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

    The Council takes note of the measures taken by the United Nations system in partnership with the authorities of Burkina Faso to test a new approach to the consolidation and sustainability of peace in the country, Development of a strategic framework to consolidate post-transition stabilization. It encourages UNOWAS to support peacebuilding and support peace efforts in other West African countries, where democratic advances remain fragile, following the UN's comprehensive inter-agency approach to Burkina Faso Faso.

    The Council applauds the ongoing work of UNOWAS to promote the participation of women in political life and the peace and security process, and in this regard welcomes the encouraging developments in Liberia and In Nigeria.

    The Council recalls its statement to the press (SC / 12616), the statement of its President ( S / PRST / 2016/19 ) and its 2337 resolution (2017), and welcomes and is encouraged by the decision of the political situation in Gambia Adopted at the fiftieth regular session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Abuja on 17 December 2016 and welcomes the decisions adopted by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union at its 644th meeting, Which took place on 12 December 2016, and the statement made at its 647th meeting on 13 January 2017, announcing that, as from 19 January 2017, outgoing President Yahya Jammeh will cease to be recognized by the African Union as the legitimate President of the Republic of The Gambia. In this regard, the Council requests the Special Representative to continue to facilitate, through his good offices, exchanges and negotiations aimed at ensuring the peaceful transfer of the power of outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to President Adama Barrow.

    The Council expresses its concern at the rise of violent extremism, which can lead to terrorism, as well as the terrorist threats in the region and their links with transnational organized crime. In this regard, it strongly condemns all terrorist attacks carried out in the region, in particular the Lake Chad Basin, notably by Boko Haram. He stressed the importance of combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, in particular by eliminating the factors that allowed it to spread. He is particularly concerned about the attacks on civilians, who are the main victims of the violence.

    The Council welcomes the efforts undertaken at the subregional, regional and international levels to mitigate the security and development implications of the Boko Haram operations and from a humanitarian perspective. It notes the progress made in the establishment of the Joint Multinational Force (JFM). It urges participating Member States to further improve military cooperation and coordination in the region, to refuse to give refuge to Boko Haram, to allow humanitarian access and to facilitate the restoration of civilian security and The rule of law in the liberated areas. It recalls that Member States must ensure that the measures they take to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international human Refugees and international humanitarian law.

    The Council invites Member States and multilateral partners to lend their support to the DMF in order to make it rapidly and fully operational, including providing the means to accelerate and improve the exchange of information, Being to strengthen regional collective action against Boko Haram. He stressed that, in order to weaken and defeat Boko Haram, it was important to have a comprehensive strategy of conducting coordinated security operations in accordance with applicable international law and strengthening civilian activities to improve governance and promote Economic growth in the affected areas.

    In this regard, the Council strongly deplores the tragic events of 17 January 2017 in Rann, northeastern Nigeria, which resulted in the deaths of many civilians, including internally displaced persons and humanitarian workers. It urges the Government of Nigeria to investigate the facts without delay and reiterates the obligation of all parties to an armed conflict to fulfill their obligations under international humanitarian law, international human rights law, And international refugee law.

    The Council reiterates its grave concern at the disastrous humanitarian situation caused by the activities of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin region. In this regard, it urges the international community to immediately support the delivery of emergency humanitarian assistance to the populations most affected by the crisis in Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad, including by responding to the call In favor of the Lake Chad Basin region launched by the United Nations. It also urges the Governments of the region to facilitate access by humanitarian organizations and to work with the United Nations and international partners to develop viable solutions for the delivery of aid.

    The Council remains concerned about piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, drug trafficking and other illicit products, as well as trafficking in migrants and trafficking in human beings, and stresses the need to intensify the fight against Activities in the subregion.

    The Council welcomes the initiatives initiated by the West African and Sahel countries to combat insecurity in the region and invites Member States, regional and subregional organizations, The United Nations and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen social cohesion and tackle obstacles to good governance.

    The Council welcomes the collaboration between UNOWAS and subregional and regional organizations, including the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Group of Five Sahelian countries (G5 Sahel), the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Mano River Union, to promote peace and stability in West Africa and the Sahel. It remains committed to working closely with these organizations through UNOWAS to strengthen subregional and regional cooperation in combating cross-border threats and preventing the spread of terrorism. In this regard, it welcomes UNOWAS's support to the ECOWAS Commission for the implementation of its regional framework for security sector reform and governance and the promotion of a coordinated approach to Reform of the security sector in the region.

    The Council takes note of the collaboration between UNOWAS and the Peacebuilding Commission and encourages both to continue to cooperate closely and effectively with a view to achieving a lasting peace in the region.

    The Council welcomes the efforts of the African Union and ECOWAS, as well as the Member States of the West African and Sahel region, to strengthen border security and regional cooperation, in particular through the G5 Sahel and the Nouakchott Process on strengthening security cooperation and operationalizing the African Peace and Security Architecture in the Sahelo-Saharan region.

    The Council encourages United Nations agencies and their partners to continue to advance the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, including by supporting the G5 Sahel, in order to contribute to addressing security Political obstacles to the stability and development of the Sahel region, and reaffirms its firm determination to overcome these difficulties, which are also related to humanitarian and development issues, as well as to the negative impacts of climate change and And in this context stresses the importance of conducting risk assessments and appropriate risk management strategies to address the impacts of climate change.

    The Council welcomes the conclusions of the independent evaluation of the Integrated Strategy. In this regard, it requests UNOWAS to coordinate its work with that of the Sahel States and all other stakeholders in order to provide strategic guidance, guidance and guidance to the United Nations system The effective implementation of the Integrated Strategy, including its thematic focus, coordination arrangements, partnerships and the division of responsibilities among United Nations agencies in the field and at Headquarters.

    The Council requests UNOWAS to contribute to the ongoing efforts to maintain international mobilization by revitalizing the commitments and initiatives of all stakeholders, including the countries of the region, the various regional mechanisms, the United Nations, African Union, the European Union, the World Bank and the African Development Bank, and underlined the importance of the consolidating role of the Peacebuilding Commission in working towards the consolidation of Peace and, in collaboration with UNOWAS, to ensure that the United Nations agencies, Sahel countries and other international and regional partners are more committed and working in partnership to advance Implementation of the Strategy and to adapt it to the evolving needs of the region.

    The Council also requests UNOWAS to provide the necessary support to the ministerial coordinating platform for the Sahel and its technical secretariat and to the G5 Sahel.

    The Council expresses its intention to monitor progress on a regular basis, and in this regard requests the Secretary-General to provide, in its next periodic report for July 2017, information on the activities carried out by UNOWAS in this regard. Which relates to the following aspects of its mandate relating to the Integrated Strategy: (a) consistency of the policy and program aspects of the Integrated Strategy; (B) rationalization and coordination of initiatives by international and regional actors in the Sahel region to ensure that they address new challenges in the region; (C) orientation and direction of the general mobilization of United Nations system actors and partners in order to achieve the overall objective of the Integrated Strategy; (D) promotion of the implementation of the 9 flagship projects of the Integrated Strategy and evaluation of results; And (e) attention to all the pillars of the Integrated Strategy and funding gaps.''

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  • Shocking! Buhari accused again of lying to Nigerians and the world

    22/Jul/2016 // 2253 Viewers


    PARIS, JULY 22, 2016: (DGW) - President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of lying by deceiving Nigerians and the international community particularly  during the farewell audience with Mr. Michael Zinner, the outgoing Ambassador to Germany on Thursday, the 21st of July, 2016.

    The Ijaw Youth Council,(IYC) spokesman, Eric Omare, in a statement said it was ridiculous and laughable for the President to make non-existent  claims when he is fact not doing so.

    The group expressed concern that with the development, the Buhari administration may have returned Nigeria to pre-colonial and independence Royal Niger Company days, where international companies governed Nigeria.

    The statement further reads: “The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide says that President Buhari and the federal government of Nigeria should stop deceiving Nigerians and the international community about talks with Niger Delta militants on how to stop attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.

    “It is highly ridiculous and laughable for President Buhari to say that his government is negotiating with Niger Delta militants through oil companies and law enforcement agencies during the farewell audience with Mr. Michael Zinner, the outgoing Ambassador to Germany on Thursday, the 21st of July, 2016.

    “It is even embarrassing for the President of an independent nation such as Nigeria to say that it is oil companies that are negotiating for peace with Niger Delta agitators which in effect amounts to surrounding the sovereignty of Nigeria to international oil companies.

    “The IYC wonder if Nigeria is back to the pre-colonial and independence Royal Niger Company days where international companies govern Nigeria.

    “The point must be made that the issues at stake are completely beyond the capacity of oil companies to resolve.

    “For the umpteenth time, the IYC call on the Aides and Advisers to President Buhari to properly advise him on how to solve the current hostilities in the Niger Delta region and equally display a determination to resolve the problem as his predecessors did.

    “Only a sincere and holistic dialogue with the people of the Niger Delta region which is aimed at addressing the remote causes of recurrent militancy can bring permanent peace to the Niger Delta region.

    “This can only happen when President Buhari as the political leader of Nigeria come down to the negotiation table.”

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  • AU to unveil AFRIMA 2016 calendar in The Gambia

    22/May/2016 // 379 Viewers


    The African Union Commission (AUC) will unveil this year’s programs and calendar of the annual continental awards, All Africa Music Awards tagged “AFRIMA 3.0” at an AUC-AFRIMA music/cultural and media conference scheduled to hold on May 21-25 during the commemoration of the 10th African Union Youth Charter in Banjul, Gambia.

    At the event, the AUC and the international committee will reveal the dates and timelines for submission of entry and Guidelines, adjudication process, public voting and nominees’ announcement for the 2016 edition of the awards as well as dates for this year’s main AFRIMA Award ceremonies. 
    In a letter of invitation addressed to AFRIMA delegates from the African Union Commission (AUC) signed by Dr Marie-Goretii Harakeye, the Acting Director of Social Affairs, it states that the conference will bring together award winning music stars, creative/entertainment industry stakeholders, cultural enthusiasts government officials, corporate sponsors, and media practitioners among others.
     There will also be a robust and intellectual session on the theme: “Using Music, Culture and Entertainment as Tools for a New Africa”. 
    It will be a forum for discussion on how to engage the values and spirit of Pan-Africanism for greater collaborations in culture and music for sustainable development, in line with the African Union cultural agenda for peace, integration, democracy, economic advancement and social development.

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  • GAMBIA: UK seeks closer ties with the GAMBIA as country seeks to rejoin the Commonwealth

    23/Apr/2017 // 2838 Viewers


    PARIS, APRIL 23, 2017: (DGW) Reports coming in say the Gambia is making frantic plans and efforts to rejoin the Commonwealth of nations after a four-year absence, Al Jazeera reports.

    The new administration under President Adama Barrow officially requested to rejoin after a visit by the UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson.

    Reports further say that the UK is seeking to strengthen ties with the  West African nation and all its former colonies as it starts the process to finally leave the EU.

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  • 10 top Gambian diplomats back call for JAMMEH to hand over power to President-elect, ADAMA BARROW

    23/Dec/2016 // 1760 Viewers



    President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

    About 11 serving Ambassadors of The Gambia have championed the call on President Yahya Jammeh to quit and handover power peacefully to President-elect Adama Barrow.
    Mr Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told UN Correspondents during a press briefing on Thursday.

    Haq said the Permanent Representative of The Gambia to the UN, Mamadou Tangara, was among the Gambian envoys who appealed to Jammeh to peacefully transit power.

    “The Secretary-General met today with the outgoing Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia to the United Nations, Mamadou Tangara, to discuss the deteriorating political situation in the country.

    “The Secretary-General commended Ambassador Tangara for his appeal to President Yahya Jammeh.

    “This is along with 10 other Gambian diplomats serving overseas, to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power to the President-elect, Adama Barrow,” Haq said.

    He said Ban expressed deep concern about Jammeh’s refusal to hand over power, in accordance with the Gambian constitution, despite consistent calls from regional bodies and the international community.

    The spokesman said the Secretary-General reiterated the commitment of the UN to support efforts for a peaceful, timely and orderly transfer of power from Jammeh to Barrow.

    According to him, the commitment of the UN is in full respect of the will of the Gambian people, working closely with all regional and international partners.

    Haq said he could not explain the reasons for Tangara’s status as outgoing and could not say if he had been recalled by Jammeh.

    According to him, however, the Gambian permanent representative represented himself at the meeting as “outgoing”.

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  • Senegalese troops 'ready to oust Jammeh' - BBC reports

    23/Dec/2016 // 3906 Viewers

    President Jammeh called for the election he lost to be annulled
    Senegal will lead military intervention to oust The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh if he refuses to step down when his mandate expires on 19 January, a senior official of the West African regional grouping Ecowas has said. 

    "Stand-by forces" were on alert and would be deployed "to restore the people's wish" if mediators, led by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, failed to persuade Mr Jammeh to give up power, said  Marcel Alain de Souza, the chairman of the Ecowas commission. 

    He added that it was not Ecowas' "wish to set alight the zone" and if Mr Jammeh "loves" his people, he should "negotiate an exit door calmly":  

    Mr de Souza said: 

    ''If it doesn’t happen, the most radical means will be used.”
    Mr Jammeh initially conceded victory to property developer Adama Barrow in the 1 December election, but he later called for the election to be annulled, alleging that it was marred by irregularities.

    The Supreme Court has set 10 January as a date for a case brought by Mr Jammeh's party to cancel the result. 

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  • GAMBIA: President ADAMA BARROW blows hot, orders COMMANDO RAID, major arrests reported as sweeping reforms continues

    23/Feb/2017 // 7202 Viewers


    PARIS, FEBRUARY 23, 2017: (DGW) THE Police in The Gambia have swooped down on the former head of the national intelligence agency and his deputy, in a commando raid, Al Jazeera reports.

    Both of them were arrested after accusations bordering on overseeing killings, kidnappings, arbitrary arrests, torture and rape during their time in office.

    According to the report, the Spy chief Yankuba Badjie and director of operations Sheikh Omar Jeng were detained on Monday and being investigated for potential abuses of power, spokesman Foday Conta told the DPA news agency on Wednesday.

    However, the clampdown has been attributed to President Adama Barrow's plan to carry out sweeping reforms and to re-establish democracy in the small West African nation, south of the Sahara.

    Badjie took over at the intelligence agency in 2013, with Jeng as his deputy.

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  • NNPC boss lists damage carried out so far by Avengers, says oil exploration to begin in north

    23/Jul/2016 // 5454 Viewers


    Maikanti Baru,the Group Managing Director, (GMD) of the  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation  has declared in Abuja, before the Chief of Defence Staff , General Gabriel Olonisakin that   it has listed and  recorded the damage so far carried out by the rampaging militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta in the year 2016.

    No fewer than 1,447 incidences of pipeline vandalism resulting in the loss of millions of litres of products worth billions of naira. He made this disclosure when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff on Thursday.

    Baru added that in 2015, Nigeria lost 643 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit valued at N51.3 billion through pipeline vandalism alone.

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    Niger Delta militants destroyed 1,447 pipelines in 2016 – NNPC boss, BaruBy Daily Post Staff on July 22, 2016@dailypostngr
    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says it has recorded 1,447 incidences of pipeline vandalism resulting to the loss of millions of litres of products worth billions of naira in 2016 alone.
    The NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, in Abuja on Thursday.

    Baru added that in 2015, Nigeria lost 643 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit valued at N51.3 billion through pipeline vandalism alone.

    He said the volume of products lost through vandalism of oil and gas infrastructure alone underscored the need for stakeholders, especially security agencies, to devise more effective strategies to address the menace.

    According to Baru, though security agencies were doing much to address the menace, the persistence of oil thieves and saboteurs was affecting even the 2016 budget implementation.

    Baru, “The supply and distribution of Nigeria’s oil and gas resources remain critical to the survival of our economy, but it is saddening to note that these critical national assets have become targets of vandalism and sabotage.
    “The budget plan of the Federal Government is grossly affected as a result of the development because of the shortage presently estimated at 700,000 barrels per day.

    “The gas to power projections of government is also being hampered due to the activities of the vandals.

    “In 2015 alone, pipeline losses of Premium Motor Spirit in volume of 643 million litres valued at about N51.3 billion was recorded, while 1,447 incidences of vandalism was reported so far in 2016.”

    Baru said the impact of the development on the economy could be seen in the areas of degradation, unnecessary loss of lives and high cost of production among others.

    He said a review of the security architecture of the protection of critical infrastructure in the Niger Delta was required to prevent the economy from further hemorrhage.

    The NNPC GMD sought improved collaboration with security agencies and the military in particular to prevent further damage to oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region.

    He also solicited the support of the military for NNPC to resume exploration activities in the Benue trough and the Chad Basin.

    Baru also sought better security arrangement for NNPC’s strategic business partners in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.

    He pledged NNPC’s support and cooperation for security agencies working to curb activities of vandals and saboteurs in the oil and gas industry.

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