By Festus Ahon
ASABA—MINISTER of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Uguru Usani, has reiterated the preparedness of the ministry to collaborate with ex-agitators in the Niger Delta in the quest to sustain peace in the oil-rich region.
Speaking in Effurun, Delta State, during a peace security summit organised by the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, Usani commended youths of the region for embracing peace to pave way for the development of the country.
Represented by Mrs. Lauren Braide, the Minister said, “We must commend the effort of the ex-militant groups because there is no other option to peace.
“It is a good thing that the youths in the Niger Delta region are the ones initiating the peace and the ministry is ready to cooperate with them in this direction.”
Earlier in their remarks, National Chairman, Presidential Amnesty, Phase II and the National Secretary, Ebisintei Stephen and Abraham Ekokotu respectively, said that the summit was aimed at promoting peace in the region in order to make way for proper dialogue and development.
Ebisintei said, “Even as we are promoting this peace, we want Federal Government to be fair to us to ensure that the region is properly developed and keep to their promise to develop the region.”
In a keynote address he presented at the summit, Prof. G. G Darah urged the Federal Government to work towards ensuring that the region receives proper care for past years of neglect.
Reiterating that it was imperative to go beyond promoting peace in the region, he frowned at the situation where the Federal Government had to wait for the region to take to violent agitation before trying to pay attention to the sufferings of people of the region the region.
Insisting that restructuring was the solution to the predicaments of the region, Darah called for the abolition of section 44 subsection 3 of the 1999 constitution which he said, granted total control of crude oil resource to the Federal Government.