- The Pan Niger Delta Forum has continued its advocacy for Nigeria to be restructured
- PANDEF insists the country must be restructured for the Niger Delta region to progress and have equal opportunities with other regions
- This was stated by the national chairman of PANDEF, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd), in Calabar
The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has again asserted that Nigeria as a country was not “standing well” at the moment, stressing that the country needs to be restructured for growth and even development across board.
This was stated by the national chairman of PANDEF, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd), in Calabar while inaugurating the Cross River Chapter of the forum on Thursday, June 13.
Nkanga reinstated PANDEF's position that Nigeria must be restructured for the Niger Delta region to progress and have equal opportunities with other regions in the country.
His words: “Nigeria must be restructured so that the Niger Delta can have a say. Nigeria, as it is, is not standing well because we cannot have first-class citizen living in a second class economy.
“All our citizens must have equal opportunities and people. What is obtainable in other climes must be applied as people are revolting over old ways of doing things.
“Niger Delta is a land of peace and our language is one because we speak in one voice, which is to ensure that peace is sustained in a bid to complement government effort in a bid to bring growth and development.
“Revolution is taking place in the Niger Delta and Cross River state cannot afford to be asleep, for instance, the Bakassi issue is still in the front burner, ours is to advocate while government is to implement.
“We are economically, socially marginalised, our region is dying, we need urban renewal in the Niger Delta, and we need it now, you cannot be a first-class citizen and live in a second class economy.”
On her part, Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo decried the plight of Bakassi people, stressing hat the region has been completely neglected and there was a rise in the number Internally displaced people in the Niger Delta.
She said: “I call on PANDEF to take the bull by its horn, our region is almost dead, cities like Port-Harcourt needs re-urbanisation, IDPs are on the rise especially from Cameroon, we need to look into it as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, a foundation has called on the federal government to end the gas flaring going on in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
The call was made by SING Foundation in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital city on Wednesday, June 5 during the commemoration of the World Environment Day.
In a statement signed by Idris Usman, SING Foundation said it planned to use the opportunity made available by the 2019 World Environment Day to raise serious awareness on the menacing trend of gas flaring and other oil exploration activities in the Niger delta region of Nigeria.
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