By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”THE Delta State Research, Planning and Development Officer of the Community Peace and Rescue Initiative in the Niger Delta, (CPRIND), Prince Emmanuel Akumagba, has called on militants in the Niger Delta to surrender their arms before the October 4th 2009 deadline given by the Federal Government.
Akumagba who made the call at Oleh, Delta State yesterday during a one-day workshop organized by CPRIND, said the October 4, deadline should not be extended.
While decrying that the region was being neglected, he said violent agitation was not the solution to the crisis. He added that his organization (CPRIND) was a new one with the vision to work with government so as to attract the needed development to the oil rich region.
Also speaking to our correspondent during the workshop, Board member and National Provost Marshal of the group, Mr. Godson Ujebor, said the body was out to partner with the Niger Delta Ministry and appealed to the state governors in the region to give them the needed support to actualize the aims and objectives of the group.
Ujebor called on youths and community leaders to work with the group and shun violence, stressing that peace was the only gateway to development of the region.
Earlier in his lecture, Rev. Sunny Odafe urged the people of the region to work together in harmony and shun the spirit of greed, adding that posterity would not forgive them, if the region was not developed in another ten years.
According to Odafe, oppression was born out of greed and held that â€œpeaceful approach yields more results than a violent approach.â€