By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”THE National Association of Niger Delta Students in Tertiary Institutions (NANDSTI) has urged the Federal Government to develop a post-amnesty plan for militants in the region without further delay.
This was contained in a communiquÃ© issued by the body at the end of its extra-ordinary meeting joint executive held at the University of Calabar July 30-31, 2009.
The communiquÃ©, which was signed by Godwin Ovuomarani, National President and Grant Igbinoba, National Secretary, also called for the removal of Alhaji Lukman Riwanu as Minister of Petroleum Resources.
It read:Â â€œThat the relocation of the Petroleum University from Delta to Kaduna State is unacceptable by Niger-Delta students, as it is against the 7-point agenda and no excuse is genuine enough for the relocation, therefore, it should be returned without any further delay.
â€œThat we are in full support of the South-South governorsâ€™ forumâ€™s demands for the inclusion of certain provisions, like the allocation of resources, royalties of proceeds from oil exploration that will benefit the region; and agreed that the governors should pull out of the amnesty plan, if the Federal Government fails to do so.
â€œThat the Council expresses surprise that the Federal Government has no post amnesty plan to develop the region and take care of the agitating youths after they must have given up their agitations. We, therefore, call for immediate development of a genuine post-amnesty plan”.
â€œThat a presidential pardon be granted to Chief D.S.P. Alamaseigha, the first executive governor of Bayelsa State, as we believe he deserves it, having shown remorse.
â€œThat we give a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government address these issues.
â€œFinally, the council resolves that if these genuine requests are not addressed, we shall mobilize our well over four million members from the nine states that make up the region to protest this injustice on the streets of Abuja.â€