By James Ezema
LAGOS â€” SenatorÂ Florence Ita-Giwa has described the amnesty offer the Niger Delta militants by the Federal Government as a palliative measure which will not address the problems of the region even as she called on government to reconsider the de-listing of Cross River State from the list of oil producing states, saying the oil wells should be returned to the state.
Speaking with Vanguard in Lagos after attending a meeting of the Association of Nigeria National Honours Awardees, she said: â€œMy attitude is simple and very short.
My attitude is that whatever is being done today is palliative and that will not solve the problem. Let us go and develop Niger Delta. Let us develop areas of this country that produce the wealth of this country.
So, all the palliative measures will come and at the end of the day, it will still not solve the problem. It is the development of the Niger Delta that is the solution to the problem,â€ she said.
On the suggestion thatÂ taking away the oil wells from Cross River State is like a punishment to the state after the ceding of Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun, Ita-Giwa said: â€œIâ€™m glad that you are saying it is punishment for ceding Bakassi because for many years, Iâ€™ve been the lone voice in the wilderness crying out against that judgment, crying out against the ceding of Bakassi.
And unfortunately, the oil wells have been taken from Cross River State, whereas the Bakassi indigenes are still roaming the streets as of today.
â€œThe government should find a solution, and in finding that solution, they should not knock together the head of the two states because I donâ€™t know how the Federal Government can remove the oil wells from our brother state and bring it back.
So, the government should ensure that the two states live in peace. They should return what is rightfully owned by Cross River State so that the state will continue to develop,â€ she said.