By Samuel Oyadongha
OPOKUMA— National Leader of Pan Niger Delta People’s Congress, PNDPC, His Majesty, King Charles Ayemi-Botu, has reiterated the determination of the group to partner the Federal Government to provide a lasting solution to the age long marginalisation of the region and making it the Dubai of Africa.
King Ayemi-Botu spoke to newsmen at the close of a meeting in Opokuma, in Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, where traditional rulers, elders and leaders of thought from the Niger Delta, under the auspices of PNDPC, converged, weekend, to chart a new course for the oil and gas rich region.
The group, which met at the palace of the Ibedaowei of Opokuma clan, His Royal Majesty, King Okpoitari Diongoli, resolved among others, to maintain its distinct identity from several other organisations in the region and considered the report of its Strategic Committee on the administrative structure of PNDPC.
The presence of Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo of the Bomadi Catholic Diocese and Rev. Father Ernest Obi and their endorsement of the aims and objectives of PNDPC, was lauded.
Describing the body as independent of any other body, Ayemi-Botu said: “Ours is to ensure justice and equity. This is a new body put in place to fight for the people of the Niger Delta by way of discussing with the Presidency on the way forward. After our inauguration on August 28, we moved into action, we set up a strategic planning committee and after a month, the committee is now ready with our own vision and mission.”
“We don’t want to work for ourselves, we want to work for the generality of the people of the Niger Delta region. We know these problems and we are going to present these problems to the Presidency and we pray that the region will no longer remain the same.
“We want to make the Niger Delta the Dubai of Africa because nature in its infinite mercy has bestowed on the Niger Delta the black gold which is economic life wire of this country.
“Over 98 present of our Gross Domestic Product is coming from oil but because we have bad leadership, people who are self centred, people who only feel for themselves alone and leaving others to suffer, that’s why Niger Delta has been like this.”
Also in attendance at the meeting were the Ebedaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, King Timiyan and King Bubaraye Dakolo Ibananaowei of Ekpetiama Kingdom, professors and other leaders of thought from across the Niger Delta.