By Gab Ejuwa

Leaders of Ijaw Oil and Gas Producing Communities in the nine Niger Delta states have said that the challenges confronting the region are beyond the display of academic prowess, noting, “There is a metaphysical dimension to it which politicians and technocrats have greatly underestimated.”

Commending the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in a letter to him, for embarking on the first ever Presidential fact-finding tour of the region, the leaders, through their National President, Bishop Samson Amajene,  said: “We trust in the spiritual and physical capacity of the Vice President to do things differently with a view to resolving the crises and age long socio-economic challenges in the area.”

In the letter sighted by Vanguard, the leaders said: “We implore the Vice President to use his position to ensure that the oil producing communities benefit directly from the oil and gas proceeds from the region as the only way to address the problems of the region.

“As the head of the Presidential delegation to Niger Delta and having had a first-hand experience of the challenges of the region, it is no longer news to you that successive governments have failed to address the challenges of the region, largely due to poor consultation and leadership crises that had left the people of the region without development.”

Expressing confidence in Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, they insisted that, “The challenges of the region are beyond the display of academic prowess. There is a metaphysical dimension to it which the politicians and technocrats have greatly undermined. We trust in both your spiritual and physical capacity to do things differently this time.”

They added that the 13 percent derivation fund has failed to meet the needs of the people, accusing the leaders of the area of “misappropriating the funds accruing to the area, leading to the suffering of the people.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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