By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Itsekiri nation has been charged to design strategies to cash in on the 10% equity share of the oil and gas industry and the yet-to-be signed Petroleum Industry Bill as part of amnesty deal.
A petroleum engineer and key player in the oil and gas sector of the economy, Mr. Alex A. Neyin, gave the charge in a lecture, entitled The Niger Delta and the Itsekiri Nation, delivered during the first year anniversary celebration of Itsekiri Consultative Forum (ICF) held in Warri.
According to him, the greatest problems facing the Itsekiri nation are the lack of population to occupy their homeland and serious urban migration which would have been solved if basic social amenities like electricity, water, schools, roads and so on, were readily made available in the early 50s and 60s.
He stressed the need for the Itsekiri nation to identify its strength and weaknesses to proffer workable solutions to them.
Neyin expressed regret that Itsekiri nation currently lacked genuine and truly committed Itsekiris with original Itsekiri values, coupled with greed for money.
He urged the people to ensure that government at all levels knew of their existence in a peaceful way, since they were not known for violence.
NeyinÂ noted that the Itsekirs must train effective negotiators, build a highly powered lobby group and partner with other majority groups across the country.