- PANDEF also applauded the National Assembly for revisiting the matters concerning Bakassi
In response to the difficulties arising from the recent reforms in Nigeria’s energy sector, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has made several resolutions aimed at alleviating political tension. These conclusions were drawn during the group’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital.
The meeting, hosted at the Watbridge Hotel Uyo over the weekend, was chaired by PANDEF’s National Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Ibok-Essien. A commendatory message was sent by the National Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, expressing satisfaction with the leadership provided by the National Chairman and his team. The message, delivered by Amb. Godsknow Igali, encouraged NEC members to persistently pursue the Forum’s objectives and the collective interests of the region.
PANDEF emphasized the need for an integrated action plan to address Nigeria’s challenges, suggesting that the energy sector could be instrumental in this endeavour. The Forum urged the Federal Government to reconsider investing in the modular refinery project to liberalize the sector and enhance productivity.
Additionally, PANDEF congratulated the recently elected Governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta and Rivers States, urging them to work closely with relevant Federal Ministries, Agencies, and Departments (MDAs) to tackle the region’s socio-economic issues.
The Forum lamented the neglect of the Niger Delta region, known as the “golden egg” of the country, and called for urgent intervention on the failed sections of local roads. The Federal Ministry of Works and other relevant agencies are urged to take swift action to alleviate the people’s sufferings.
PANDEF also applauded the National Assembly for revisiting the matters concerning Bakassi, a region of significant interest to the people. The unresolved issues resulting from the cession of Bakassi to Cameroon, following the World Court Judgement and the Green Tree Agreement, continue to pose threats to the wellbeing of the Bakassi people and the security of the Niger Delta’s southernmost region.
SOURCE: All Africa
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