BOMADI—The Ijaw National Congress, INC, has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of necessity, resolve issues bordering on the take-off of the Federal Maritime University, Orerenkoko, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, and kick-start academic activities to earn the trust of the Ijaw nation.
INC, the umbrella body of the Ijaw ethnic nationality, also called on the Federal Government to holistically implement the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, report on Ogoniland, ensure that the amnesty programme granted Niger Delta ex-agitators was implemented to a logical conclusion, as well as make necessary investments to diversify the economy from over-dependence on oil.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ summit held in Warri, INC expressed dissatisfaction with the present constitutional and legislative arrangements for resource control and allocation in the country, observing that in a true federation the world over, the federating units control their resources and pay taxes to the central government, noting that only Nigeria’s system was in the opposite direction.
INC expressed its readiness to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to move the nation forward, stressing that the Ijaw nation was peace-loving and committed to the unity of the Nigerian federation and urged sons and daughters, irrespective of political affiliations, to put the Ijaw question first in their dealings.
However, after keen deliberations, the body, in a communiqué, highlighted and examined various issues affecting the Ijaw nation, ranging from environmental degradation, effects of militarization on Ijaw culture and values, balkanization of Ijaws into different states, as well as drawing attention of the Federal Government to the 2016 budget which did not adequately provide for the Niger Delta development.
The over 1,000 delegates from the 78 Ijaw clans across the Niger Delta also passed a vote of confidence on the President of INC, Boma Obuoforibo and his Executive Council.