By Jimitota Onoyume
WARRI—Delta State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr. Mofe Pirah, has said that he acted very responsibly and transparently with the funds of Itsekiri Regional Development Council, IRDC, as the first chairman, dismissing the current leadership as lacking the capacity to deliver on what is required of them.
Mofe, who spoke yesterday in Warri at the Itsekiri International Summit with the theme Strategic Importance of Interventionist Agencies and their Relative Economic and Infrastructural Impact in Warri Kingdom, also called for collaboration among various ethnic groups in the state for Chevron to relocate its headquarters to the state.
He said: “I am very clean, if you want to go to equity come with clean hands. Mofe Pirah, I say, is clean on the issue of running the affairs of the IRDC vis a vis being entrusted with funds. I had said so before that the present IRDC leadership does not have the capacity to deliver what is required of them.
“The Vice President of the country, then he was acting president, made a policy statement and it has not been implemented. What the people of the Niger Delta need to get the policy implemented is unity.
“Leadership is what Itsekiri need to move forward. Qualitative leadership, leaders that have excelled, they need to bring this quality to the table to move the Itsekiri nation forward. The EPZ is a Federal Government project. The government that conceived that project is not there. Our people need unity to agitate for the project to move on,” he said.
Provost, College of Education, Warri, Professor Mary Edema in her remarks, called on Itsekri youths to embrace education, saying “We need education for development, you don’t need education to be wealthy.”
She appealed to Itsekiri not to sell their job opportunities in companies to other tribes, noting that it was not helping to grow Itsekiri.
Professor Tony Afejuku, who gave the keynote paper on “ A Widespread Disillusionment in Itsekiri Land,” enjoined Itsekiri to be more committed to issues of development of the ethnic nationality.