AKPABIO AND PONDEI
An Ijaw youth leader and Niger Delta activist Ambassador Kingsley Muturu have called on political leaders and ex-agitators in the region to join hands together and develop the oil-rich but deprived region of Niger Delta.
He said collaborationamong major stakeholders is necessary to actualize the accelerated developmentin the region by the federal government.
Ambassador Muturu, who is also a leader of theex-agitators said only bipartisan collaboration by all stakeholders wouldensure any meaningful development in the region.
Ambassador Muturu made this call in his country home in the Bomadi Delta state while addressing newsmen. He condemned what he called “feisty partisan bickering” by the political leaders of the region and enjoined them to eschew political bitterness and give support to all the federal government agencies established for the development of the region.
Muturu saidinterventionist agencies like the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC,need the total support of all the leaders from the region to be able to deliveron its mandate “as opposed to what is obtained now where all the leaders areworking at cross purposes thereby undermining development in the region”.
He advised that “the chance of the region getting it right in terms of development under Buhari Administration is much better, only if our leaders would give peace a chance.”
He condemned what he called the gang upagainst the ongoing forensic audit of NDDC saying, “the gang up is a clear exampleof the handiwork of politicians just for their selfish interest ahead of theinterest of the region”.
He said the Interim Management Committee, IMC of the NDDC led by Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei has succeeded in restoring people’s confidence “therefore we must not toy with the next phase of stabilizing the Commission to focus on effective service delivery.
He wondered why leaders in the region play politics with the passage of NDDC and other key regional MDA’s budget every year. “If there is the sincerity of purpose on both sides, if the welfare of the people and development of the region is a priority, then leaders have to work hard for the swift passage of the budget and support its implementation,” he said.
He advised that the time has come for the people of the region to play politics from a position of strength “and if the task of building that healthy consensus is neglected, the NDDC and other key MDAs can do little or nothing for the development of the region and its people.