A communiqué jointly issued by the Patriotic Forum of Niger Delta (PAFOND) and Niger Delta Indigenous People Network (NDIPN) at the end of their leadership conference in Port Harcourt, recently has criticized the high cost of foodstuff in the region.

The Niger Delta stakeholders in the Niger Delta, therefore, urged the governors of the region to fashion out ways of reducing the high cost of food items in the region in order to make life bearable to the population.

According to a communiqué, jointly signed by the National Chairman of PAFOND, Comrade Owo Udo, and National coordinator of NDIPN, Daniel Wilson, the time has come for governors of the six Niger Delta states to invest heavily in agriculture with a view to checking the high cost of food items in the region.

The two bodies alsolamented the high rate of extortion of drivers by police and illegal taskforce, noting that this has added to the cost of transporting food from oneplace to another in the region.

They stressed the need for a committee to check the incessant increase in the price of farm produce in the region.

While calling for more attention to be paid to the distribution of fertilizers to farmers in the region, the groups also urged the governors in the region to start building storage facilities in markets and commercial areas to avoid wastage of agricultural produce.

The groups further advised the various state governments in the region to partner with international oil companies to build state refineries in their various states.