*Condemn MEND, warn against violence
ByÂ Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THOUSANDS of local government workers throughout the twenty-five councils of Delta State yesterday staged a peaceful rally along major roads in Warri, condemning the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta,MEND, for last Mondayâ€™s bomb blast at Government House Annex, Warri, venue of Vanguard Mediaâ€™s organized two-day post-amnesty dialogue.
The rally, organized by the State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, under the presidency of Comrade David Ofoeyeno, stated that council workers were in support of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghanâ€™s 3-point agenda of peace, security, human capital and infrastructure development.
The protesters added that the aborted summit was one opportunity lost in the search for a lasting solution to the problems of the region.
The placard-carrying protesters commended Vanguard Media for the initiative, while also describing MENDâ€™s action as barbaric and primitive, admonishing the group to toe the path of dialogue as the only viable roadmap to peace in the region.
According to the protesters, there can be no meaningful development in an atmosphere of chaos.
The state executive council of NULGE maintained in a statement made available to newsmen that Governor Uduaghan was labour-friendly, as the state was not owing any council salary arrears as obtainable in most states of the federation and charged him to remain focused.
Warning that violence as a weapon of protest or struggle for development was primitive and had given way to dialogue, the union restated its support for Governor Uduaghanâ€™s Vision 2011, sayingÂ â€œwe declare the action by MEND as condemnable and unacceptable as it would not assist in fast-tracking the rapid development of the region in any way.â€
The NULGE president later handed over the protest letter to the Chairman of Warri South Local Government, Mofe Edema, through the Director of Personnel Management, Mr. Christian Aghara, for onward transmission to Governor Uduaghan.