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University don condemns neglect of Niger Delta

University lecturer and environmentalist, Prof Godini Darah, said, yesterday, that the pain caused by the over fifty years of neglect inflicted on the people of the Niger Delta is such that no amnesty programme could heal it.

Presenting a paper at a Media Retreat For Journalists in the Niger Delta region organised by Environment Watch in Asaba, Prof Darah warned various tiers of government against misconstruing the prevailing peace in the region to mean the absence of protest.

He said experience so far has shown the Nigerian government and the oil companies take peace to mean the absence of protest and conflict to guarantee uninterrupted flow of oil and gas and therefore revenue for the federation account.

“For the victims of the oil industry in the Niger Delta, peace means the elimination of all the factors that generate conflict, exploitation and poverty in a resource-rich environment,” he declared adding that chief among these are laws and policies that empower the government and the oil companies to commit atrocities against the host communities and the environment.


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