ABUJAâ€”THE creation of more states for Niger Deltans, particularly the Ijaws, would be the first phase of development emergency in the region.
This was contained in the communique issued at the end of the 3-day National Association of Ijaw Female Students,NAIFS, 2009 Convention held in Abuja recently, with the theme â€œNiger Delta must be like Abuja.â€
The Founder and Patron of NAIFS, Comrade Joseph Evah, who coordinated the communique session, added: â€œThe two proposed Ijaw states should be paid the shortfall for two states that would be calculated from the time Bayelsa was created to date, based on the revenue of Ijaw oil production.â€
The communique also discussed other issues affecting the Ijaw nation, such as poverty, girl child education, moral and cultural values, qualitative education at all levels as well as well as plight of women and children in the Niger Delta violence.
The communique signed by the new National President of NAIFS, Miss Mary Nagberi of the University of Benin, UNIBEN, and Secretary, Ataije Janet, also made recommendations that would empower the roadmap to peace and progress in the region.
The students also condemned the federal government’s attitude towards the region after amnesty was granted militants who all surrendered their weapons.
â€œWe demanded two states from Mbanefo Panel during Abacha era when I was in the Ijaw National Congress leadership and the money would be both reparative as well as the take off grant for the new Toru-Ibe and Oil Rivers states.â€