June 21, 2009

Stop bombardment, open waterways, Izon-Ebe urge FG

Izon-Ebe Central Employment Committee and the Employment Monitoring Team have called on the federal government to open up the blocked waterways in some communities in Delta State and stop further  bombardment of the Gbaramatu Kingdom and environs.

A statement jointly signed by chairmen of both committees, Comrade Hossanah Fetimi and Comrade Bernard Odiki, condemned the attack on the Gbaramatu Kingdom and the displacement of women and children and several persons who have now been turned into refugees in their own state.

The group argued that opening up the waterways will facilitate movement of food, drugs and other relief materials to those who are displaced in the creeks. The groups also called for the resettlement of residents who have been displaced and rendered homeless.

They commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan on his achievements so far, and urged the federal government to order the Joint Task Force, JTF, out of the communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom while the federal government should liaise with stakeholders and leaders of thought in a sincere and diplomatic approach towards finding a lasting solution to the problem of the Niger Delta.

They further urged the federal government and multinationals to brace up to the responsibilities of creating massive employment and empowerment opportunities through the central employment committee thus curbing youth restiveness and criminality in the society.

They also called on the Joint Task Force and militants to opt for peace saying, “constructive dialogue should be explored by the government to avoid loss of lives, property and the economic degradation of the state.”