An activist and National Coordinator of the Niger Delta Peace Coalition (NPDC), Mr Zik Gbemre, on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give the Niger Delta region a special development status.
Gbemre told The AUTHORITY in Warri, Delta State that the Niger Delta region should be a construction site if the needed peace is to be sustained.
He also called for a situation whereby the locals in the oil bearing communities would be made to participate in the mainstream of oil and gas industry.
He said the participation of locals in the mainstream oil and gas sector would enable them to protect the overall interests, integrity and security of the Oil and Gas Assets and Facilities in the region.
Gbemre stressed that there is no amount of fact-finding visits and dialogue that will bring an end to the pressing issues plaguing the region, advising that the government must start the development of the region immediately.