Professor Charles Dokubo Coordinator of PAP

A former university don and Director of Research Nigeria Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS, KURU, Jos, Plateau state has warned the Nigerian government about the danger posed by the continued neglect of the oil-rich Niger Delta region.

Professor Habu Galadima bares his mind on the disturbing trends emerging in the Niger Delta region as a result of many years of crude oil exploitation which has left the vegetation and the environment of the region in a comatose condition.

He has, therefore, warned that urgent steps must be taken by the Nigerian government to redress the injustice and neglect of the past so as to avoid an impending danger which might consume the region and affect the nation’s economy drastically.

Professor Habu Galadima of NIPSS

Professor Galadima who is also the Chief Operating Officer of Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre of NIPSS, spoke while delivering a keynote address at a four-day capacity building programme for the chief executive and senior management staff of the amnesty programme with the theme “Change and Organizational Renewal: Strategic Leadership and Employee Performance Development Programme”

Galadima stressed the need for the federal government to take the amnesty programme very seriously. He urged that the three tripods of the programme which is Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration DDR should be pursued vigorously without slack.

According to Galadima “transformation can be deepened to enhance the reintegration of Niger Delta ex-agitators. Neglecting demobilized ex-agitators can lead to social unrest and insecurity”

Continuing he said “the amnesty programme must be seen as a continuum. Without security in the Niger Delta, there cannot be security in Nigeria. Galadima explained that peace and progress in the Niger Delta are tied to that of entire Nigeria because the region is the financial and revenue backbone of the entire country. Therefore to ensure security in the economy of Nigeria, the Niger Delta must be taken care of.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme PAP Professor Dokubo in his remarks said “the Amnesty Programme was set up as a necessity and so far it has done well.

“The programme is a vehicle to be driven to achieve the two keys objectives. Slowly but surely, we shall overcome the challenges we are facing. I believe the people I am working with are passionate and have the same vision and drive to make the Niger Delta People Proud”