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The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is very focused on resolving the militancy crises in the Niger Delta region.
Speaking with Bloomberg, the junior Minister said Nigeria would by 2017 find the formula for peace in the oil rich region.
According to the Minister, “We’ve passed the turmoil stage, we have moved from 1.4 million barrels a day to 1.9, we were at 2.1 before we had the last incident.
“It is work in progress, we are putting every energy we can. President Muhammadu Buhari is very focused on trying to find solutions to these problems, we are working hard, we are seeing solutions come up, we are seeing acceptance to what we are doing.
“But again like every other town where you have disruptions and conflict, it takes a while to get to a stage where everybody is comfortable.
“I’m positive that we would move up from where we are, hoping we can end up the year, far in excess of 2 million barrels, and closer to the 2.2 million that we envisage we should be in.
“I am also confident that in 2017, we would have less disruptions to our oil production, because then we should have found a formula to seek peace in the Niger Delta.”
Kachikwu’s assertion is coming at a time a militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate accused the President Muhammadu Buhari – led government of plotting to wage war against the people of the region.