PANDEF commends S-South governments for Security Architecture resolution, others
By Chioma Onuegbu, UYO
THE Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, yesterday congratulated the South-South governors for the far-reaching resolutions during their meeting on Monday in Port-Harcourt, in particular their decision to establish a security architecture like other areas of the country .
The forum, in a statement by its national president, Senator Emmanuel Essien, also urged governors to strengthen the BRACED Commission to accelerate economic integration and the development of the geopolitical area.
The statement reads: “The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, congratulates the governors of the south-south geopolitical area for the far-reaching resolutions at their meeting held in Port Harcourt on Monday, October 4, 2021.
“PANDEF particularly welcomes the decision of the governors to establish a South-South security architecture, like other areas of the country, to complement the country’s security agencies in the area.
“The PANDEF notes that the decisions taken by the Governors are crucial for the safety, security and well-being of populations.
“And by that, the governors have shown that they are in tune with the feelings and aspirations of their people.
“The fact is that given the deteriorating security situation in the country, the entire Niger Delta region, in particular, the South-South zone is under an existential threat.
“The PANDEF also announces the positions of the governors on the law on the petroleum industry, the NDDC forensic audit report and their call on the president to enforce the law establishing the Niger Delta Development Commission. , NDDC, by appropriately constituting its board of directors.
“PANDEF further calls on Governors to strengthen the BRACED Commission to accelerate economic integration and the development of the geopolitical area.
“It is quite gratifying that the governors echoed the call for the relocation of the headquarters of international oil companies, and even subsidiaries of the NNPC, in the Niger Delta.
“It is disconcerting that the federal government has remained indifferent to this just demand from the inhabitants of the Niger Delta, denying the region plausible benefits, while the paradoxical realities, arising from the industry, remain glaring in the region.
“PANDEF is satisfied with the cohesion and cordiality between the governors, but notes that similar cooperation is needed with other political leaders in the area, regardless of party differences, in the general interest of the area.
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