By Walter Adewale
A sociopolitical cum cultural regional pressure group known as Braced Up has raised some fundamental observations arising from the stakeholders meeting in Port Harcourt on Tuesday between the South-South leaders and the Federal Government delegation led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambiri.
This was disclosed to our team on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 n a chat with the National Chairman of the body, High Chief Monday Wehere (JP)
He said while the seven-point demands by the South South Governors as highlighted by the Governor of Delta State Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, looks good on paper it still left much to be desired as there was no timeline and ultimatum issued for these demands to be met.
According to him: “This is not the first time leaders of the region are demanding for restructuring, state police, true federalism, resource control or the completion of the East-West Road and adequate funding for NNDC amongst other demands.”
BRACED UNION calls on the South South governors to match words with action by insisting on specific timelines for these demands to be met or the federal government and multi-nationals risk facing sanctions from the region.
According to Wehere, “We still see these demands – as laudable as they appear to be – as the usual rhetoric of lip service. All talk and no action. If the governors were serious, a mere apology by the federal delegation would not have been enough after the first meeting was botched. Immediate action and implementation of some of these demands would have been the best recipe.
“We call on the governors of the South-South to re-issue an ultimatum for these demands to be met and after which, if not met, economic sanctions shall be rolled out against the federal government and multi-nationals operating in the area. That is the only way the federal government shall sit up to his responsibility and not neglect the goose that lays the golden egg.”
The BU National President also raised the observation that the South-South leaders should have also frowned at the on-going romance between the country and its Republic of Niger
counterpart where there was ongoing plan to set up a refinery in Niger while those in the Niger Delta region were abandoned.