By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”The Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Chief Goodluck Opiah, has described the establishment of the Bureau for Niger Delta by Governor Ikedi Ohakim administration as a â€œlandmark achievement in the history of oil producing communities in the state.â€
Speaking to Vanguard after the Special Adviser to the Governor on Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Tony Okere, was sworn-in by the Governor, Opiah said the gesture was a strong indication that the interest of oil producing communities occupies a major position in the present administrationâ€™s agenda.
Opiah observed that the seriousness the Federal Government attaches to the Niger Delta region demands that the state government establishes the Bureau to not only coordinate the affairs of the oil producing communities, but for them to also reap the dividends arising from oil in their communities.
While affirming that there was the need for the Bureau, the Speaker also noted that it would ensure that the state plays active role in Niger Delta politics, as well as refrain from being a perpetual complainant.