By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”STUDENTS of Niger Delta origin throughout the federation yesterday, in Warri, staged a peaceful rally to praise ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, for keying into the Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty programme.
They also urged the government to expedite action on the massive development of the long neglected region.
President of Niger Delta Studentsâ€™ Association, Comrade Lucky Emonefe, said the peaceful rally was intended to encourage the militants to toe the path of dialogue to ensure the return of security and massive development to the region.
Emonefe noted that it was only in an atmosphere of peace and security that sustainable development could take place.
He praised the courage of Tompolo and other militant leaders in accepting to surrender their arms and charged those still withholding their weapons to surrender them in the interest of the region.
He also urged the Federal Government to show sincerity in the post-amnesty programme to reintegrate and ehabilitate the ex-militants, so they do not have reason to return to the creeks.The student leader stated that with the return of peace, oil revenue would rise and should, therefore, be used to reconstruct all destroyed towns and villages since 1997 to date, stressing that the struggle has caused so much damage and ethnic conflicts in the region.
The student group commended the efforts of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in ensuring the return of peace and the resettlement of all displaced persons to their homes.