The Federal Government on Wednesday said armed conflicts and militancy were the major factors working against the development of Niger Delta.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mrs Lauren Braide, said this in a statement by the Deputy Director of Press of the ministry, Stephen Kilebi.
According to the statement, Braide, who was represented by the Director Special Duties, Mr Laurence Adigwe, spoke at a sensitisation and enlightenment for peace in Niger Delta in Port Harcourt.
Braide said, “Armed conflicts and militancy have severely compromised the provision of basic services and access to food and income-generating activities as witnessed in the recent past. I therefore urge all to embrace peace to achieve development in the region.
“The essence of this gathering is to institute a culture of dialogue among our numerous stakeholders in the region with a view to ensuring that the much-desired sustainable peace and stability become a reality in Niger Delta.”