By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”A socio-political group, G8, yesterday, described the amnesty granted to militants in the Niger Delta as a political machination of the Federal Government to garner support of South-South youths towards 2011 elections.
The group also condemned the decision of the Federal Government to spend N15 billion for the upgrading of the National College of Petroleum Studies, Kaduna.
Speaking through its National Co-ordinator and Director of Publicity, Mr. Joe Eharisi-Ayomah and Mr. Tatauna Akporobor, respectively in a chat with newsmen in Ughelli, Delta State, the group urged the Federal Government to focus on realistic steps towards the development of the region rather than mere granting of amnesty.
While calling on the Federal Government to address the report of the Niger Delta Technical Committee, the group maintained that true federalism and full implementation of resource control was the solution to the problems of the oil rich region.
Describing the proposed upgrading of the National College of Petroleum Studies, Kaduna as provocative, uncalled for, he said, â€œyou donâ€™t attempt to placate our people by granting them amnesty today and then slap them on the face the next day with a proposal to upgrade the National College for Petroleum Studies, Kaduna a non oil producing stateâ€.
The group expressed pessimism that the amnesty offer was aimed at diverting the attention of the Niger Delta people from the true intention of the Federal Government and called on the Federal Government to discontinue with the proposal to build the petroleum institution.
He held that the proposal was capable of re-igniting the crisis in the volatile region and advised the Federal Government to desist from implementing policies negatively skewed to the well being of some parts of the country.