From Francis Sadhere, Warri
Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori on Tuesday called on Niger Delta leaders to tackle the high unemployment rate in the region, lamenting that if nothing is done, the population of the region will be depleted.
Ibori made this call in Warri during his brief remark at the occasion of the Colloquium/Book Presentation in honour of Prof Godini G. Darah, 70th birthday celebration and his retirement from the Services of the Delta State University, Abraka.
Ibori appealed to Prof Godini G. Darah and other leaders in the Niger Delta region to help deal with the problems of the Niger Delta region especially as it relates to activities with illegal bunkering and environmental pollutions.
He said: “Prof Darah, it is not over yet. We need to think and talk about how we are going to deal with all the problems being faced by our people. I ask, afraid that if nothing is done now, we will have a population that will deplete.”
Ibori also noted that there is unemployment amongst youth generally in the country but that they will do everything possible to ensure that employments are created and given to youths in the Niger Delta region.
Ibori also advocated for 100% resource control saying that it was high time the region asked for what rightly belong to them, adding that the region can no longer suffer while other regions plunder its God-given resources.
He noted that Prof Darah worked with him while he was still in government, stressing that “Prof Darah only came to join us, enrich the Government of Delta State and in that wise, he contributed his quota to the development of the State. Prof Darah advocated for a better living for the people of Niger Delta.”
Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House in Asaba, Mr Tam Brisibe congratulated Prof Darah on his retirement and said the revenue of the State has improved since October 2017.
Governor Okowa and his Bayelsa State counterpart, Seriake Dickson and other eminent personalities all eulogised Prof Godini, the former Chairman of the Guardian Newspaper Editorial Board.
On his part, Prof Darah thanked all for honouring him, just as he advocated for the creation of Urhobo State to remove the Urhobos from what he described as political marginalisation.