The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) said it is collaborating with other indigenous groups including the Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum and Northern Elders Forum to deepen the agitation for restructuring for the betterment of the regions.
PANDEF National Chairman, Idongesit Nkanga stated this while inaugurating a 15-member state executive committee of the body in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital on Tuesday to coordinate its activities in the state.
Nkanga said that PANDEF has made significant progress in its ongoing campaign on the need for the restructuring of the country to save it from collapse.
He advised the Bayelsa chapter officials to abide by the constitution of the PANDEF in the conduct of its activities disclosed that the Bayelsa chapter was the first to be established following the decision to set up state chapters after the inauguration of the national committee in March.
A former political adviser to the state government in the state, Thompson Okorotie emerge the consensus state chairman after the second national executive council meeting which held same day in Yenagoa.
Nkanga, a former military governor of Akwa Ibom State, charged the new Bayelsa chapter to take the gospel of restructuring of Nigeria to the rural areas of the state in other to garner more support for the call for restructuring.
In his words: “It is your responsibility now, having been inaugurated, to go into the nooks and cranny of the Niger Delta, creeks, churches, mosques, town halls, and let the people know that the religion that they must now follow is restructuring (of Nigeria).
“That is the number one agenda that we have. So, as we inaugurate you today, you are now fishers of men and women. Go in there, and let the people understand because some of our people don’t even understand what restructuring is all about.”
Earlier, Francis Doupkola, PANDEF Deputy National Vice Chairman presented the state executive committee members for swearing in disclosing they emerged through a credible process that was based on consensus.
Doukpola explained that the positions spread across the various local government areas of the state and the executive committee members drawn from the three senatorial districts.
Other executive members of Bayelsa State Chapter of PANDEF include Inatimi Rufus-Spiff, Vice Chairman; Douye Naingba, Secretary; Macaulay Isaac, Assistant Secretary; Kalaiti Jephthah-Obadiah, Publicity Secretary; Anne Yougha, Treasurer; Amafini Lucky, Financial Secretary; Diekivie Okolovie, Organising Secretary and Timipa Okponipere, Legal Adviser.