Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said that there is need for all the ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta to put aside political differences, and unite to promote the development of the region.
Wike, who made the call yesterday when leaders of the Niger Delta paid a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt, said unless the people speak with one voice, they will continue to lose out.
The governor said: “We must speak with one voice irrespective of the political party that we belong. The time has come for us to work together. If we don’t work together, we will continue to lose out.”
He stated that the song for all ethnic nationalities should be the promotion of the development of the Niger Delta.
Wike said: “The song we should sing is the Niger Delta, not any specific ethnic group. When we sing any specific ethnic group, it is difficult to unite. Let’s not restrict our struggle to any particular ethnic nationality.”
The governor further stated that the problem of the Niger Delta region is because the people sing in discordant tunes.
The governor regretted that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has not been able to deliver on key projects to the region.
Wike said: “It is unfortunate that the NDDC cannot deliver on regional projects. There are no interstate roads and NDDC has not done any major project. Instead, the NDDC is engaged in micro projects to promote political interests.”
The governor stated that he is ready to host the conference of ethnic nationalities in Port Harcourt, after due consultation with the five other South-South governors.
He commended the Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for providing the right leadership for the South-South to enhance development of the region.
Earlier, a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Smart Adoki said that the Niger Delta leaders were at the Government House to thank Wike for providing leadership for the region.
Adoki urged the governor to work for the restoration of the Presidential Amnesty Programme to faithfully serve the region.
In his remarks, leader of the delegation, Elder T.K. Ogorimagba, urged Wike to serve as the number one advocate for the development of the South-South geopolitical zone.
Ogorimagba stated that the Amnesty Programme is a security programme, which should be limited to only South-South.
He urged the Rivers State governor to host the Conference of Ethnic Nationalities of the South-South to promote the development of the area.
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