A coalition of nine militant groups in the Niger Delta under the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) has attributed the under development in the Niger Delta to the massive looting of the nation’s treasury during the sixteen years the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) held sway to power.
The RNDA also noted that though an indigene of the Niger Delta region in former President Goodluck Jonathan was in charge for six years as president, the hope and aspiration of the people of the region was dashed by the alleged massive corruption, looting and non supervision of his appointees which led to none completion of projects in the region.
The leader of RNDA, Major General Johnmark Ezonebi aka Obama, after a crucial meeting at Benin River, Egbema in Delta state with various agitating militant groups in attendance to appraise the situation in the creeks, warned some PDP leaders and purported perceived enemies of the region to stay clear cases of frustrating APC effort to bring development to the region.
According to the group, “We accepted the federal government’s ceasefire agreement in 2016 for dialogue that had led to the remarkable development of the region in the wake of renewed destruction and bombing of oil installation and facilities that crippled the nation’s crude oil output w.
“Most worrisome and painful is the fact that former President Jonathan’s administration goofed on the development of the region as he was unable to complete the road to his Otuoke community while the most corrupt disciples he had in his government were sons and daughters of the Niger Delta such as Diezani, Orubebe and their cohorts in PANDEF led by High Chief EK Clark.
“RNDA is pleased with President Buhari’s willingness and commitment to the development of the Niger Delta since he came on board in 2015 in spite of the economic recession that greeted the emergence of his administration as the crude oil production hit low as 900 barrels daily and the crude oil sales price was low as #35 to #45 dollar per barrel.
“President Buhari’s fight against corruption which was the signpost of the previous PDP administrations had clearly defined his stand on the development of the region, RNDA want to sincerely commended Mr. president for the smooth take off of academic activities of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, a worthy leader of the south south for the approval for the dredging of the Escravos warri river at the cost of N13billion to enable cargo vessels access Warri sea port which will in turn boost economic activities in the Niger Delta.
“RNDA wants to commend the federal government under president Muhammadu Buhari for the approval of the Ogoni Cleanup exercise that is ongoing which the corrupt PDP led administration failed to address being in power for over 16ten years. And also for the implementation of the 3 percent gas fund into the NDDC from the multinational oil companies that is operating in the region which is a welcome development.
“RNDA wants to acknowledge the approval of N120billion for the construction of Bodo/Bonny inland road to alleviate the long suffering of the people in the creek of Bonny in Rivers state. Also commendable is the approval of the Akwa Ibom state deep sea port which will also boost the economic activities in the Niger Delta region. These are practical demonstrations by President Muhammadu Buhari’s willingness to address the under developmental challenges that has been facing the people of the Niger Delta region.
“RNDA wants to put it on record that if at all former President Good luck Jonathan who is from the region would have spend the billions and trillions of naira that he got from the region when crude oil price was at the rate of 150 dollar per barrel which the crude oil production rate is 2.2 to 2.4 million barrels daily, this issue of new agitation of militancy that is rising from the creeks would have not occurred again, rather all the funds were stolen by this same ministers and leaders from the Niger Delta region which has contributed to the level of the under developmental challenges that the region is facing today.”