Recently, the 2015 Governorship candidate of the APC and the leader of the party in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Umana Okon Umana at the Initiative for Peace, Good Governance and Development of the South South (Niger Delta) Region said the Niger Deltans should stop blaming others for their woes, noting that there is still time to get our priorities right in this government. He cautioned that we had misplaced our opportunity at the Federal level.
Olorogun Otega Emerhor, the Delta State 2015 APC Governorship candidate, canvassed synergy among stakeholders in the region. He noted that currently stakeholders – State Governments, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, NDDC, Presidential Amnesty Office, Organized Private Sector, and Communities are working differently without a common vision. He therefore, advocated for a coordinated and progressive strategies to drive development in the region by setting out reserve funds. He further explained that it is through a well articulated partnership that the development process of the region can be achieved.
On the issue of youth unemployment, Olorogun Emerhor stressed that it was important to have the statistics of youths in the region with a view to developing a sustainable framework that address the challenges of unemployment and insecurity.
The initiative which was convened by the Honorable Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi Chibuike discussed critical issues affecting the Niger Delta region. It had in attendance leaders, traditional rulers and stakeholders from the region, amongst whom are Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, former governors of Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers, Obong Victor Attah and Mr. Donald Duke respectively, His Eminence, Edmund Dakouru (Amanayabo of Nembe); Hon. Ossai N. Ossai, Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma, Dan Etete.
Also in attendance were Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari; Distinguished Senator Ndoma Egba, Chairman-designate (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Nkere, (MD-designate NDDC); Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, Publisher (Thisday); Senator Ewa Hewshaw; Senator Florence Ita-Giwa; Hon. Timi Alaibe; Pastor P. Z. Aginighan; Professors Turner Isoun; Obong Umana Umana, Barr. Justin Rewane amongst other stakeholders from the various states of the Niger Delta.