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N/Delta elders blast FG over N29bn vote against militancy

N/Delta elders blast FG over N29bn vote against militancy

The Pan-Niger Forum, the umbrella body of monarchs, leaders and stakeholders of the ethnic nationali­ties of the coastal states of the Niger Delta region, on Saturday slammed the federal government for allocating a whooping sum of N29 billion naira to fight militancy in the region.
The group said with the above allocation, the federal government has shown the world that it is not ready to dialogue with the people of the region despite its prom­ise to the people of the region.
The group in a state­ment signed by a mem­ber of the Central Work­ing Committee, CWC, Dr Alfred Mulade, in re­action to a recent decla­ration by the Presidency that it was searching for credible leaders of the region, noted that by the statement, the federal government has appar­ently dismissed the legitimacy of the forum, which met with President Muhammadu Buhari on November 1, 2016 Abuja.
PANDEF also accused the federal government of allegedly being swift in making policy deci­sions and taking no ac­tions, a situation it says have harmful effects on the people whereas the causes of the unrest remains untouched.
The elders said that they have a clear mandate from all stakehold­ers and agitating groups in the region to dialogue with the federal govern­ment.
The group stated that it was its intervention, some months ago, that led to the cessation of hostilities by militants in the region and conse­quential noticeable im­provement in oil production from low ebb of 900 bpd to 2.2 million bpd.
The elders also reit­erated the need for the federal government to address the issue of re­opening the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, saying the university is an iconic project that touches the heart of the people of the region.

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