Oil Facility Attack Threats: Okowa Says There Is Peace
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has reassured the Federal Government that there is no cause for worry over threats by the Niger Delta Avengers to attack oil facilities in the South South creeks.
Delta State creeks have some of the oil installations that had been marked out for the planned attacks.
Governor Okowa, however, said there is peace in the region following interventions by some leaders.
He gave the assurance after a State Security Council Meeting in Warri on Wednesday.
"Oil facilities in the creeks have remained intact," the governor said, commending the traditional ruler of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area, Obro Gbaraun II Aketekpe Agadagba for his interventions.
Governor Okowa said: "I have been briefed by the security agencies on the level of peace in the creeks and oil facilities. A lot has been done. Although there are minor security challenges, security agencies are doing everything to sustain the peace".
In Delta State, however, a major crisis is looming in the Oil sector, as the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAM) is faced with an internal squabble, over the position of State Chairman of the union.
A member of IPMAM, who requested that he should not named informed Bounce News that it had been the tradition of the union for a serving Chairman to get an automatic ticket for a second tenure in office.
The internal tussle began when the present Chairman, Mr Benjamin Emoefe, insisted that he must enjoy the tradition of automatic second tenure ticket.
The end of his first term was coming and a faction of the union was insisting that the constitution should be upheld and an election conducted.
This also caught the attention of the State governor.
Briefing reporters after intense deliberations by the Delta State Security Council over the IPMAM crisis, Governor Okowa said the factions were advised on the need for peace in the union especially in the conduct of the election.
He however added that the State Government had fixed another meeting for Monday next week.