Dialogue, Key to Development of Niger Delta — Bisalla


ABUJA (Min of Niger Delta Affairs) – The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs,  Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, has called on the people of the Niger Delta region, to toe the path of dialogue in resolving issues with stakeholders and government, as development cannot be achieved in the midst of rancor. 

He  revealed this  at a community meeting  on peace in the Niger Delta region,  held at Orogun town, Ughelli North, Local Government Area of Delta State, recently. 

Bisalla disclosed that  the interactive session, themed – Community Engagement  and Dialogue  for Sustainable  Development  was a fallout of one of the recommendations of the 3rd National Council on Niger Delta, which took place in Umuahia, Abia State, in 2018 as well as other stakeholders’ fora, were  participants had called  on the Federal Government to  bridge the communication gap with the Niger Deltans. 

The Permanent  Secretary , who was represented by  Architect Oyelade Oyeleke David, the Delta State Coordinator of the Ministry, stressed that this would guide the Federal Government in initiating programmes and projects that would  impact positively  on the lives of  the people of the community and the region at large. 

In his remarks, the Deputy Senate President,  Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, urged the Federal Government to provide more employment opportunities for  the Niger Delta youths as they were willing to work and contribute to the development of the region; he therefore called on the Federal Government to pay more attention to Orogun  Kingdom as it had been neglected for a long time.

Chief Francis  Anigabou, a representative of Obugwe of Ezemu Kingdom, commended the Federal Government for organizing the interactive session as it showed a sign indicating government’s  interest in the people.

The Director, Community Development and Education in the Ministry, Mrs Lauren Braide, said in her remarks that the interactive session  was the desire of the Federal Government to adopt dialogue and community based approach in developing the region as similar sessions were held last year in Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Edo States. 

Braide stressed the need for continuous  dialogue and regular constructive engagements of critical stakeholders to ensure  inclusive growth of the region.  

She revealed that plans were on to expand  the interactive session to more communities  in the Niger Delta region with a view to maximize its inherent benefits. 

The people of  Olorogun  Kingdom thanked the Federal Government for the opportunity to hear  directly from them through the interactive session.

 Stephen Kilebi

 DD Press