Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has called on the Federal Government to revisit the Modular Refineries in the Niger Delta Region to stamp out unwholesome and unauthorized refining of crude in the region.
The National Chairman of PANDEF, Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien made this call at the expanded National executive committee meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital.
Senator Essien stressed that the refineries would not only provide job opportunities for the teeming youths but also eradicate criminality in the the Niger Delta Region.
He further cautioned the Youths of the region to desist from unwarranted utterances capable of undermining the smooth functioning of federal agencies with direct bearing on the socio-economic development of the Region.
The PANDEF National Chairman also implored Heads of Federal MDAs relating to the Niger Delta to adopt a broader and more consensual approach in the management of such agencies to provide more widedpread opportunities for youth development.
” Several sections of the East-West Road, (Eleme-Onne, Patani-Kiama-Mbiama), sections of the Port Harcourt – Aba, Benin –Auchi, Benin-Sapale-Warri, Benin-Agbor, Sapele – Agbor, Calabar – Itu, Ikot Ekpene-Aba, highways have all become impassable, suffocating social and economic activities in the areas to widespread poverty levels” he added.
“It is entirely unacceptable that the proverbial goose that lays the golden egg is being totally neglected, administration after administration”.
“We demand immediate intervention work on the failed sections of the cited roads and others, by the Federal Ministry of Works and other relevant agencies, to, without further delay, ameliorate the sufferings of the people”.
Resolves to revisit its “16-Point Demand”, for representation to the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Administration.
He therefore commended the National Assembly for revisiting the Bakassi issue, which is of dire interest to the people and urged the National Assembly to pursue it to a logical conclusion.
Georgina Humphrey, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Kevin Nwabueze