A Communiqué Issued At The End Of Niger Delta Stakeholders Engagement Meeting Under The Auspices Of The Initiative For Peace, Governance And Development Of The Niger Delta Region.
Concerned with the recent events in our region, a cross section of stakeholders from the Niger Delta region met on Saturday 24th September 2016, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel to discuss pressing issues relating to peace and sustainable development in the region and collectively fashion out pragmatic strategies to chart a way forward.
After very frank discussions and extensive deliberations, the meeting agreed to focus on coordinating as well as deepening efforts to restore peace and ensure sustainable development in the region.
The meeting reiterated the fact that insecurity still remains the biggest challenge to development in the region and that concerted efforts must be made to restore security and peace in the region, while recognizing the constitutional responsibility of the Federal Government as the ultimate guarantor of peace and security anywhere across the nation.
To this end, the meeting resolved as follows:
1. To resume a robust and comprehensive engagement strategy with all levels of government and service providers in the Niger Delta region in pursuit of projects and programs that will promote the aforementioned objectives.
2. To engage citizens, traditional institutions, nongovernmental and other relevant organizations to foster relationships and partnerships to promote crisis resolution and guarantee peace in the short to medium term as a means to sustainable development.
3. To identify relevant sub-themes and form clusters for action (C4A) to advance solutions to the challenges in the region.
4. To inaugurate a Technical Committee to engage with all stakeholders, especially the aggrieved and agitating youths, to ensure sustainable peace, security and development of the region. The meeting acknowledged and commended the contributions and efforts of the Chief E. K Clarke’s Committee in pursuit of dialogue and peace in the region and to urged the Technical Committee to work with the Clarke’s committee for the actualization of this objective.
5. That it be, and was indeed, set up a 3-man committee to examine the issues relating to the proposed Maritime University in Okerenkoko and advice the meeting and the Ministry of Transportation for the purpose of engaging the Presidency on a way forward.
6. To reconvene every other month to evaluate progress and respond to any emerging issues.
7. The meeting also resolved as follows:
i. That the Statutory contributions due to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from the Federal Government and all stakeholders should be paid.
ii. That the Niger Delta Development Commission should rebrand, reform and refocus to become the Regional Development Commission that it was envisaged to be rather than the contract awarding body that is now appears to be.
Made this 24th day of September 2016.