By Emma Una
CALABAR—PASTOR Usani Usani, Minister for Niger Delta Affairs has called on political, cultural and pressure groups in the Niger Delta region to work together to enhance the development of the region.
Pastor Usani, who spoke in Calabar, Cross River State, weekend during the inauguration of the Niger Delta Youths Network for Peace and Security, said that the people of the region have a common identity and common interest and should therefore, bury whatever differences they have and work together.
“Niger Delta is complex and because of its complexity, everybody wants to put himself forward into the arena by proffering his own opinions and solutions to the problems of the region but whatever we are experiencing now calls for us to collaborate to achieve success.
“Efforts should be made to enhance reasonable measure of success in all states of the region. It is lamentable that somebody in the Executive Council meeting I attended observed that Cross River State is one of the most peaceful states in the country but someone else countered that Cross River State is now one of the most insecure in the country and that goes for many states in the region.”
He stated that those who are currently managing the states in the region where insecurity reigns should not be allowed to continue in the interest of the development of the region.
Pastor Usani called on the youths of the region to sustain the momentum in the fight against bad government which saw the exit of the previous government, that he said was visionless and corrupt.
According to him, some people in the current government were already compromising by abusing the rights and authority given them to handle some projects and therefore projects like the N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer and feeding programme for school children would take a new dimension and direction.
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