PANDEF cautions NIMASA against relocation of floating dock from Delta State

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The leadership of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has cautioned the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration

and Safety Agency (NIMASA) against the planned relocation of floating dock from Okerenkoko in Delta State.

The group made the call in a 11-point communiqué issued at the end of an expanded national executive meeting at the weekend in Benin City.

The communiqué was signed by its national chairman, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd).

PANDEF said the planned relocation of the floating dock was another attempt to further deny the region of needed economic boost, and critical training component in support of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko.

The also rejected plans by the federal government to establish nuclear reactor plants in the Niger Delta.

It however, called on Governors of the South South region to reactivate the Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta (BRACED) Commission to fast track socio-economic development in the region.

While commending governors and the people of the South West region for the establishment of security outfit codenamed “AMOTEKUN”, however urged governors in the South-South region to as a matter of urgency meet and organize a similar regional Security and Development initiative.

It noted the security outfit becomes necessary as the whole of the Niger Delta region is under existential threat.

The group which also restated its position on restructuring, however called on the federal government to urgently begin a constructive dialogue process on the restructuring of the country to guarantee harmonious and peaceful coexistence.

It warned the senate committee set up to review the constitution not to scheme the process towards diverting citizens attention from the clamour for restructuring.

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