WARRIâ€”NATIONAL Secretary ofÂ Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON), His Royal Majesty, Pere A.P Luke, Kalanama VIII (Ogiame) of Akugbene -Mein kingdom in Delta State and the chairman of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Delta State, Mr. Oghenjabor Ikimi, yesterday called on the Federal Government to rescind its decision to establish a Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) in Kaduna.
Both agreed that the proposed N19 billion institution would amount to a misplaced priority should government go ahead with the plan.
â€œI want to say it is a very wrong step by the Federal Government. One would have expected the Federal Government to either strengthen or expand the existing Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta State or if it considers it necessary to duplicate that same structure, it should be within the Niger-Delta axis, where they prospect and explore oil but taking it to Kaduna State is very much uncalled for and I will not support it.
â€œIt is a misplaced priority to build another PTI at Kaduna because by the time you create a situation where it is obvious that there is no justice and fair play, you will end up having problem here and there.
â€œBelieve me, the present crisis we have in the Niger-Delta is as a result of the mismanagement of the funds from the region and I think this one is another step in that direction and by the time you go and establish such an institution in the North, the youths will be angry with the federal governmentâ€.
â€œWe expect that major project within the oil industry should be sited in the Niger-Delta, we suffer the degradation and devastation and so, it is our right to benefit from what comes out of it,â€ he asserted.
Chairman of Delta CDHR, Barrister Ikimi told Vanguard:Â â€œWe condemn in no mean term the above white elephant project while the existing PTI sited at Effurun in Delta state, the second largest oil producing state in Nigeria, has been neglected..
â€œWe make bold to state that similar government policies and acts of neglect in the past are what had necessitated the present agitations in the Niger-Delta, yet government has refused to learn from past mistakes.
â€œIt is our contention that if government is truly concerned about redressing the injustices and past neglect of the region, it must embark on a carefully worked out marshal plan for the infrastructural and capital development of the region.â€