The National Development and Delta State People’s Network (NDPN) has cautioned against the alleged plan by the Niger-Delta Avengers (NDA) to resume bombing of oil facilities in the Niger-Delta region, saying it would be self-sabotage if the threats arecarried out.
National coordinator of the group,Mr. TojuBinitie,told journalists yesterday in Asaba that the NDA issuing a fresh threat would be self-sabotage and unrealistic, adding that aside creating and sustaining insecurity in the area, it would not be in the interest of the local people.
According to him: “Such act if carried out, would be sabotage against self, particularly on a large scale that could create huge economic, environmental and health challenges for them” and consequently advised the NDA to sheathe its sword andresort to dialogue in resolving issue affecting the people whose interest they claim to be projecting.
He said rather than sabotage, there was need to liaise with development partners to attract infrastructure, and other forms of development to the region for the benefit of the local people.
Binitie, however, warned that any further insecurity in the region would not be in the interest of the area as it would not only determine investors, but could make even the existing ones relocate elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the Delta State government has affirmed its commitment to a robust partnership, and cordial relationship with organized labour in order to ensure, and promote industrial harmony in the state. Secretary to the State Government, (SSG) Mr. Festus OvieAgas who played host to the executive members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Delta State council yesterday in Asaba, said that harmonious relationship between labour and the state government was cordial as it remains a veritable tool towards actualizing the SMART Agenda of the present administration.
He explained that the success story of the state government in infrastructural developmentwouldn’t have been possible without labour, adding that “we will continue to maintain a cordial relationship with labour to move the state forward”.
Describing Dr. Okowa as a listening and labourfriendly governor who does not toy with issues concerning the welfare of workers in the state, the SSG emphasized that the state government places high premium on human capital development, and capacity building of the workforce for optimal performance.
He said government would do the needful aimed at providing quality accessible and affordable health care delivery forall Deltans. He disclosed that plans were underway by the state government to upgrade 100 health centres across the state, to boost the scheme.
Earlier, the chairman, NLC Delta State Council, Mr. Jonathan Jemirienyigbe commended Governor IfeanyiOkowa for his massive developmental strides across the state, but lamented the arbitrary fuel price increase, disclosing that labour would soon embark on the picketing of erring petrol stations in collaboration with Department of Petroleum Resources, and appealed to the state government to provide them with security.