FG NOT INTERESTED IN N-DELTA DEVT — LEDUM MITTEE, OTHERS

Written by on December 29, 2020

STAKEHOLDERS IN NIGER DELTA HAVE VOICED OUT THEIR WORRIES AT THE FAILURE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE OIL-RICH BUT UNDERDEVELOPED ZONE.

THEY POINT TO THE LAND USE ACT, WHICH HAS TURNED THE NATIVES TO TENANTS ON THEIR ANCESTRAL LAND; NIGER DELTA DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, NDDC, AN INTERVENTIONIST AGENCY SET UP BY THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO DRIVE DEVELOPMENT IN THE ZONE BEING STARVED OF FUNDS, AS WELL AS THE PRESIDENTIAL AMNESTY PROGRAMME, PAP, FOR REPENTANT AGITATORS, WHICH THEY ALLEGED IS CONTROLLED BY THE NORTH.

WHILE SOME STAKEHOLDERS NOTED WITH REGRET THAT INSTEAD OF THE ZONE ENJOYING DIVIDENDS OF DEMOCRACY, IT HAS MORE THAN EVER BEEN MILITARISED BY THE NIGERIAN STATE TO HAVE UNFETTERED ACCESS TO ITS VAST CRUDE OIL AND GAS RESOURCES, NOT MINDING THE ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD CONFRONTING THE LOCALS.

OTHERS BLAMED CORRUPTION ON THE PART OF SOME NIGER DELTANS SADDLED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PILOTING THE AFFAIRS OF THE INTERVENTION AGENCIES AS THE BANE OF THE REGION.


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