The Federal Government and stakeholders from the Niger Delta region have agreed to work together to stop the recent upsurge in attacks on critical oil and gas installations

At the end of a meeting in Abuja, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu, said that communities were now saddled with the responsibility of ensuring protection of pipelines within their domain.

A statement by the group General Manager Public Affairs of the NNPC Garba Deen Muhammed said all the states in the region would nominate four or five representatives to work with security agencies.

Present at the meeting were Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole; National Security Adviser Maj. General Mohammed Babagana Monguno (rtd); Minister for Niger Delta, Usani Uguru; Minister of state for Agriculture, Sen. Heneiken Lokpobiri; Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd), and stakeholders from the seven Niger Delta states of Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta  and Ondo states.