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.