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PANDEF holds leadership retreat in Uyo, insists on restructuring of Nigeria

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PANDEF Leadership Retreat At Uyo

By Chukwudi Ejimofor

 

A sociopolitical elders forum in the Niger Delta region, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), held a 3-day national leadership retreat at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.

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The theme of the retreat that ended Saturday, October 19, 2019;  re-engineering for the future together was attended by national officers, Elders, member State Chairmen and Secretaries, State women and youth leaders of PANDEF.

 

The retreat objectives included to enable leadership evaluate performance and structures, build consensus on priorities, develop strategic action plans for organizational effectiveness, and strengthen internal and external partnerships. As well as to appraise the state of affairs in the region, and formulate and adopt best approaches.

Photo Anabs: Sara-Igbe Publicity Secretary/PRO PANDEF At Uyo Leadership Retreat.

In a Communiqué at the end of the retreat signed by Air Codr. Idongesit Nkanga national chairman, Chief Francis Doukpola Deputy National Chairman, His Highness Anabs Sara-Igbe national Publicity Secretary/Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Betty Igbeji mmi, national Women leader, and national Deputy Secretary Hon. Ken Robinson, stated thus that PANDEF;

 

restates its commitment to engage with all critical stakeholders of the region in its work, irrespective of political inclination, for the betterment of the region;

 

commends the federal government for the peaceful resolution of the contentious issue concerning the license/operation of OML 25 located in Belema, Offoinama & Ngrjr Communities in Kula kingdom of Akuku Toru Local Government area, Rivers State. And implores the federal government to deploy same approach to other host communities in the Niger Delta where there are disputes over Oil Marginal License/operation;

 

applauds the people of Kula Kingdom for their steadfastness and resilience, and for remaining peaceful throughout the period of the dispute. Similarly commends the Nigerian Military for their professional conduct in handling the matter;

 

thanks Belema Oil for proofing beyond reasonable doubt that indigenous Oil & Gas Producing Companies can do better in developing the human and infrastructural development in the oil & gas bearing communities;

 

urges international and indigenous oil companies (IOCs) operating the region to respect and honour Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Global Memorandum of Understanding entered with host communities in the interest of peace in the region;

 

decries the poor state of critical infrastructure in the Niger Delta region, particularly roads, and thus calls on the federal government, and relevant MDAs to give immediate and urgent attention to roads in the region, particularly the following roads:

*  the East  West Road, from Benin to Calabar

*  Calabar – Itu – Ikot Ekpene – Aba Road

*  Ogoja – Ikom – Calabar Road

*  Port Harcourt – Aba section, etc, condemns the increasing rate of criminal and cult related crisis in the region and urge youths of the region to eschew all acts and behaviors that would jeopardize their future, and the security and peace of the region;

 

further encourages Governors of the region and all political office holders, elected and appointed, to give greater attention to issues like job creation, rural women and youth development, healthcare and education, to check the growing rate of youth delinquency;

 

resolves to continue to work with other Regional bodies in the Country, in the efforts to enthrone an egalitarian nation that would be run on the fundamental principles of equity, fairness and justice;

 

restates its position on RESTRUCTURING and calls on the federal government to as a matter of urgency begin a constructive dialogue process in the restructuring of the country;

 

welcomes the order of President Muhammad Buhari of a forensic audit of the NDDC accounts from 2001 to 2019. However demands that names of beneficiaries of contracts of the Commission over the period under review should be made public. In addition, insists that for NDDC to function effectively there must be adequate funding and less political interference;

 

further urges Mr. President to extend the order of audit to other national interventionist organizations like the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PDTDF);

 

extols two Non-Governmental Organizations operating in the Niger Delta region, Academic Associates PeaceWorks  Niger Delta Dialogue and Stakeholder Democracy Network for facilitating the Retreat; and

 

commits itself to the steadfast pursuit of shared interests along with promoting understanding and peaceful co-existence amongst the various ethnic nationalities of the region.

 

PANDEF also used the opportunity of the retreat to interact with critical stakeholders and key NGOs working in the region, including the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Senator Ita Enang.

 

The National Leader, Chief Dr. E. K. Clark sent goodwill message to enrich deliberations at the Retreat. Declared opened by PANDEF National Chairman, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga Rtd.

 

Presentations were made by Resource Persons on areas germane to the core objectives of the Forum, which elicited useful and robust contributions from participants.

Rising from the retreat, PANDEF made the following resolutions:

 

 

 

 

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