16 September 2021 by JULIAN OSAMOTO
The Ex Niger Delta Agitators Forum, wants the leadership of the State not to allow personal interest override the common goal of the citizenry.
Addressing Newsmen in Bayelsa State, Chairman of the Forum, High Chief Selky Kile Torughedi, said with the various issues bedeviling the region; such as underdevelopment, lack of social amenities and insecurity, there should be concerted effort towards proffering solution to the challenges.
“When the problem solving avenues are filled with corruption and lack of political will to effectively manage it’s own Affairs, then anarchy is expected in the land”.
“As leaders and stakeholders of the region, it is imperative that we collaborate to decide the way forward; we must not allow bad politics to induce bad blood within the region because a situation where the intelligence and sensibilities of the people are not taken into consideration can generate tensions and crisis.”
“You cannot tell the people one thing and do another thing, this shouldn’t be about political affiliation but a conscious effort to set things in the right part. We cannot afford to have agencies that are not administered inline with the acts that created it, this would make the current APC Administration unpopular in the region”.
“There had been series of revelation concerning the mismanagement of the Office Administration, by successive Special Advisers and Coordinators of the erstwhile Interim Management Committee set up by the National Security Adviser Rtd Major-General Monguno”
” This calls for urgent need for the Presidency to revisit the earlier agreement it had with the Leadership of the agitators in order to resolve some lingering issues which had adversely affected the smooth functioning of the Amnesty Program”.
“The Presidency should also look at the agreed entitlement of the Agitators Leadersip so as to squarely resolve the issues of shortchange and none payment of Agitators as well as the problem of ghost names, while sanctions should strictly apply to serve as deterrent to those committing such havoc”
According to him
“For more than three years, there had not been any offshore education program in the interest of the various camps, also the idea of ending the Amnesty Program should not be mentioned as the original plan was yet to be actualized”
“Besides the Program is far less expensive.
asides the 13% derivation, the funding of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC of which the Amnesty Program affiliates is less than 1% of the total oil and gas profit accruing to the Nigerian State”
Chief Torughedi however called for frantic efforts to achieve a situation where all agencies, ministries and parastatals of Government would function properly for quality service delivery to the people across all regions.