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Jonathan leads other Niger Delta stars to seek new pathway for oil region• As 9 governor head to Port Harcourt Thursday

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By Ignatius Chukwu
First president of the Niger Delta extraction, Goodluck Jonathan, is leading other important sons and daughters of the oil region on Thursday, July 11, 2024, to seek a new pathway to the future of the region.


Jonathan would be chairman of the Niger Delta Stakeholders Forum holding in Port Harcourt for three day. He would be in good company with Senator Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom State who was chairman of PDP Governors Forum in the heat of tensions when the national governors’ forum seemed divided. Akpabio, now Senate President, will be chief host and will come with key figures to perform roles at the much-desired Niger Delta Stakeholders’ Forum which started Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at the Signature Event Centre at the GRA 2.


The imposing Obi Wali International Cultural Centre in Port Harcourt would witness a cream of top leaders including nine governors of the oil region.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been indicated as special guest but feelers are that he would be represented in very strong capacity, and he would be received by Jonathan as chairman and Akpabio as chief host.


Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, the president’s wife, would be the mother of the day, while Edwin Clark, the prominent Niger Delta voice and elder, would be father of the day.
Governors of the nine oil states are expected to grace the occasion as the map of the future of the region would be redrawn. They would be part of the hosts. They include Gov Alex Otti of Abia State; Gov Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State; Gov Donye Diri of Bayelsa; and Gov Prince Bassey Out of Cross River.


Others are Gov Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State; Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Gov Hope Uzodinma of Imo State; Gov Lucky A. Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State; and Gov Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State.
Abubakar Mornoh, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, will be the co-host, Chiedu Ebie, NDDC board chairman and the NDDC MD/CEO, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, would support the hosting table, though they are the real levers pulling the machine.


The real task would rest on technocrats a professor of political science, Eghosa Osaghae, the Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, keynote address to illuminate the path of political integration of the oil region to enable investments flow faster.
This would be followed with an economic titillation from the lead presenter, Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings. He is an economist, banker, investor, and philanthropist.


The summit themed, Renewed Hope for Sustainable Development of the Niger Delta, would seek to develop strategies for economic growth and development of the Niger Delta region.
The summit would also seek to translate the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of President Tinubu action plan, and articulate a roadmap for sustainable development of the region.


The NDDC CEO had at a world press conference explained the compelling reasons for a dialogue and summit that would create consensus in the once volatile region.
Dr Ogbuku stressed the importance of stakeholders’ engagements in the development of the Niger Delta region and said it was imperative for Niger Deltans to have a conversation on development issues.
Ogbuku said that the stakeholders’ summit would provide a platform for new ideas and strategies to fast-track development in the Niger Delta in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.


According to the NDDC boss, “The summit will not just be a forum for a few individuals, but will involve major stakeholders, including members of the National Assembly, Ministers from the region, traditional rulers and the private sector experts to discuss the Niger Delta.”

The NDDC Chief Executive Officer stated that previous engagements with different groups were instrumental to maintaining peace in various communities, noting that development could not take place in a crisis-prone environment.

He remarked: “One of the cardinal policies of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration is stakeholders’ engagement and that is one area the NDDC is doing very well and we are getting good results.”

He said that such engagements would help the Commission implement projects that would ensure sustainable development of the Niger Delta region and address the aspirations and needs of the people of the region and noted that rather than working at cross purposes, the summit would help the development partners in the region to harmonise their activities.

Ogbuku said that the Commission, as path of its rebirth and rewind policy, was “transiting from transaction to transformation” in the process of developing the Niger Delta region.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer stated that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had charged the Commission to complete and commission signature projects that would impact the lives of Niger Deltans.

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