By Chioma Onuegbu, UYO
THE Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, yesterday, commended the South-South Governors over the far-reaching resolutions at their meeting on Monday in Port-Harcourt, particularly their decision to establish Security Architecture like other zones in the country.
The forum, in a statement by its National Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Essien also urged the Governors to strengthen the BRACED Commission to fast track the economic integration and development of the geo-political zone.
The statement reads: “Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, commends Governors of the South-South Geopolitical Zone over the far-reaching resolutions at their meeting held in Port Harcourt on Monday, October 4, 2021.
“PANDEF is particularly delighted at the governors’ decision to establish South-South Security Architecture, like other zones in the country, to complement the nation’s security agencies in the zone.
“PANDEF notes that the decisions taken by the Governors are critical to the security, safety and wellbeing of the people.
“And by this, the Governors have demonstrated that they are in tune with the feelings and aspirations of their people.
“The fact is that given the degenerating security situation in the country, the whole of the Niger Delta region, particularly, the South-South zone is under existential threat.
“PANDEF similarly heralds the governors’ positions on the Petroleum Industry Act, the NDDC forensic audit report, and their call on the President to uphold the law establishing the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, by appropriately constituting its board.
“PANDEF, further calls on the Governors to strengthen the BRACED Commission to fast track the economic integration and development of the geopolitical zone.
“It is quite pleasing that the governors re-echoed the call for the relocation of headquarters of International Oil Companies, and even NNPC subsidiaries, to the Niger Delta.
“It is baffling that the federal government has remained indifferent to this just demand of the Niger Delta people, thus denying the region plausible benefits, while, the paradoxical realities, arising from the industry, remain glaring in the region.
“PANDEF is happy with the cohesion and cordiality amongst governors but notes that similar cooperation is needed with other political leaders of the zone, irrespective of party differences, in the overall interest of the zone.”