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Airborne Geophysical Survey starts in 19 States to ascertain nations accurate deposit of mineral resources

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Dayo Johnson Akure

IN a bid to unlock and determine the accurate deposits of mineral resources across the country, the Federal government is set to embark on an Airborne Geophysical Survey Activity in 19 States of the federation.

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Hon. Olamilekan Adegbite said this in Akure, Ondo state capital during the Flag off exercise of the Sensitisation Programme in the South West.

The Minister who spoke through the Project Coordinator of Mindiver (World Bank) Project, Engr. Sallim Salaam, said the exercise will cover 112 local government areas across the country, saying it is to determine accurate mineral locations using modern day contemporary aeromagnetic mechanism.

Adegbite listed the states to be covered by the survey to include: Kwara, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Ebonyi. Others are Enugu, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Niger, Kogi, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Bauchi and the FCT.

He however urged member of the public not the states and Local Governments that would be covered by this survey not to panic because of the “either as a result of the loud noise of the aircraft due to the low flying altitude maintained by the aircraft or the pattern of movement of the aircraft”

According to him the information like this became necessary because of the current security situation in the country so that people do not get misinformed and entertain unnecessary fears that may lead to tension in the society.

He pointed out that the survey would be carried out through the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification (MINDIVER) Project, a World Bank assisted Project under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

Adegbite explained that the survey areas were chosen based on the outcome of the previous survey guided by geological consideration

” The survey will be measuring minor variations in the earth’s magnetic fields and gamma radiations in the soil.

“It is a passive technique that does not involve sending out any signals or sound waves into the ground and therefore remains a very safe aerial survey”

He said that the survey is similar to the previous ones that took place between 2003 – 2007 and 2009 – 2011 which was conducted over the entire country but remained largely unnoticed by most Nigerians.

“This current survey is of high resolution expected to return more details and information on geology that could lead to the discovery of several minerals due to improvement in technology and advancement in knowledge.

“It is slated to start this June 2021 and will run through a period of about eight months but less than a month over a state, depending on weather conditions” he said

He added that the airborne survey activity will kick off from the Ilorin Airport in Kwara State, and that the MinDiver Project is involved in the Airborne Magrad Survey to assist the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in implementing the road-map for the growth and development of the nation’s mineral resources which had identified lack of adequate geosciences data among other things as constituting huge gap towards attracting investments in the sector.

Adegbite noted that in order to close the huge gap identified in the Ministry’s roadmap militating against investment in mineral resources, the MinDiver Project engaged the services of a South African based company, Xcalibur Airborne Surveys to conduct the higher resolution Airborne MagRad Surveys of selected areas under Proof of Concepts.

He noted that ” these are areas with active mineral titles to help build comprehensive geological knowledge of the areas in order to and assist the owners of the titles with credible data for further exploration”

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Why Southern Governors called for national dialogue – Okowa

. Delta Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa (5th right); Deputy Governor of Delta, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro (5th left); Secretary to State Government, Mr. Patrick Ukah (3rd left); Barr. Peter Mrakpo (4th left); Team Leader, Chartered Institute of Information and Strategy Management, Dr. Mustapha Olayinka (3rd right); Membership Director, Chartered Institute of Information and Strategy Management, Adelanke Oyintoke (4th right) and Others,shortly after a courtesy visit on the Governor by members of the institute in Government House ,Asaba. Thursday

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Thursday said that Southern Governors’ Forum’s call for national dialogue was to discuss various issues and challenges currently confronting the country.

Speaking when he received the National Coordinator and members of the Chartered Institute of Information and Strategy Management (CIISM) led by Dr. Mustapha Olayinka, at Government House, Asaba, Okowa noted that there were many agitations for secession due to perceived injustice in the polity.

READ ALSO:The Southern governors’ move

He explained that the proposed national dialogue would discuss and resolve the agitations in the interest of the unity of the country.

According to him, there are too many things going on now in this country but it’s voices that tend to create a challenge for us and we need voices that will unite us as Nigerians.

The governor, however, said that “in seeking for that unity, if we have voices that are getting strong because of one reason or the other, we need to be able to listen to them.

“We need to be able to accommodate those voices and that is why the Southern Governors’ Forum did call for a national dialogue because when people sit together to dialogue with themselves, they can speak their inner minds, they can find ways of resolving.

“So, we truly believe that in the communication process there must be a space for people to air their views and we also advise that there is still a lot of room to talk; so, our people should not take up arms instead of talking with their voices.

“We believe that in taking up arms, we are not doing any good to Nigeria and we are not doing any good to our communities.”

He called on leaders across the country not to stifle the voice of the oppressed but urged them to close ranks and build a consensus to ensure that peace pervaded the nooks and crannies of the country.

“For those of us in the governance space, we also need to continue to hear the people and to give room for people to air their opinions on national issues.

“We believe that if there is a national dialogue, obviously it will help to reduce the tension that we have today as a nation.

“There is no doubt that we are stronger together as a nation and everything possible to keep us together as a nation, the better for us.

“It is for us to be able to manage the current threats in the country in such a manner that we do not lose out at the end of the day. There must be an approach that brings us together where we can talk freely to ourselves and we can ensure that at the end of the day there is justice, fairness, and equity because it is the best for the nation.

“In our communications, let us appeal to Nigerians to know that we are better together than going our ways, but I also believe that as a nation we need to talk to ourselves and be able to listen to the voices of those who feel challenged or oppressed,” the governor stated.

Earlier, Olayinka had told the governor that the delegation was in the state for an induction and capacity-building program tagged “Leadership in the new digital era.”

He said that the objective of the institute was to extend strategic information management to the public and leadership of every organisation.

He commended Okowa for his dexterity in delivering on his SMART and Stronger Delta agenda.

“We have seen a lot you have done in your SMART and Stronger Delta vision for Deltans and recognition of these outstanding accomplishments,’’ he said.

The high point of the visit was the conferment of the `Distinguished Fellow of the Institute” award to the governor.

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Ondo PDP knocks Akeredolu for building new governor’s lodge for N2b amidst unpaid worker’s salary

Why I didn’t stay in Governor’s lodge built by my predecessor — Akeredolu

— New lodge built by my predecessor structurally defective., termite infected – Akeredolu

—– PDP on the path of a fruitless incitement

Dayo Johnson Akure

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo state has faulted governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s plan to build a new governor’s lodge for N 2 billion amidst unpaid workers salaries.

Addressing newsmen in Akure, the state chairman of the party, Hon Fatai Adams described the proposed plan as ” not only ridiculous but the surest evidence that the governor has completely lost direction.

Adams said that ” While the present Administration of Akeredolu has a backlog of un-paid salaries of workers, it is proposing to build a 2-billion naira new Government House in Akure.

“This is not only ridiculous but the surest evidence that the Governor has completely lost direction.

“Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Akeredeolu’s predessesor built a very befitting Government House, in 2013, a few years before Akeredolu assumed the reins of government. To spend 2 billion naira of taxpayers money on another Government House at this time is the height of callousness and wastefulness.

“The questions are: has the one built by Dr Olusegun Mimiko in 2013 become so uninhabitable such that a new one is inevitable in this perilous time?

” Considering the terrible economic situation and hunger in the land, is it proper or reasonable for a government to embark on a 2-billion naira project that will only serve very few individuals, when millions of people are languishing in despicable penury and dying without basic healthcare service delivery?

“But again, if a society is not fully informed of the atrocious and pernicious nature of the party in government, the people may always be cajoled or beguiled through a well-oiled and orchestrated propaganda machinery, into believing that the government is working in the interest of the people.

“We wish to assure the people of Ondo State, that the good times they once savoured under the PDP Administration are almost here again.

“We shall not give up or be overwhelmed by the suffering and hopelessness foisted on us by the APC Government, because we can already see light at the end of the tunnel.

Speaking on the resignation of doctors in the state over percentage salaries paid to workers in the state, the chairman said ” we are seriously alarmed by the unfortunate resignation of over 109 medical doctors from the Ondo State public service over the inability of the government to pay the medical personnel their due salaries and hazard allowances as and when due.

“Apart from the failure of government to pay, Governor Akeredolu unapologetically told the Doctors in a widely televised program that the services of the doctors were not indispensable.

” This is worrisome as we all know that we are dealing with the health and lives of our people here.

” I’m sure you’ll all recall that Ondo State was the destination for medical tourism in the South West because of the first class service delivery found here under the PDP Administration.

“According to the Nigerian Medical Association records, no Medical House officer has been employed by the Ondo State Government since 2019, a situation that is responsible for the poor services rendered in the hospitals.

“The available few hands are already overwhelmed and overstretched by the high number of patients coming for medical attention.

“This is very pathetic. Our people are dying unattended to! This portends grave danger especially in a period when all manners of epidemic rear their ugly heads.

Recall that governor Akeredolu at the ground breaking of the new Governor’s lodge to mark his 100 days in office said that the new multi-billionaire naira governor’s lodge built by his predecessor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko had structural defect.

He noted that the former governor’s lodge built by the colonial officers and used by late Dr. Olusegun Agagu was termites infected.

“I called my engineer to look at it and I was told to either bring down the building or part of it. Then we all knew we are going to need a new Governor lodge.

“What we had was a modest three room duplex built by the colonial officers. It was termites infested. It was not suited for anybody to live. My consultant said I should not attempt to remodel it.

Also reacting, the information and Orientation commissioner, Donald Ojogo in a statement said that ” the position of the opposition party had thrived at an inclement path of a fruitless incitement as it incredulously, suggested that Ondo State does not need a befitting Governor’s Lodge.

“It is a conceded fact that an opposition party is at liberty to criticise any Government including of course, the indiscretional display of ignorance on issues of governance.

” The misplaced allusion to the Governor’s Lodge as well as the weak nexus between same and the issue of salaries betrays an unpardonable amnesia on the part of a politcal party. It becomes immeasurably uncanny if such party had left the stage with the most uncharitable legacy of ‘unpaid seven months salaries ‘.

“Perhaps, PDP deserves to know that the envisioned Governor’s Lodge is among the plethora of iconic projects targeted with the yet-to-be-fully accessed BOND. Suggesting therefore, that Government should ‘shelve’ the project for salaries clearly shows a gross lack of knowledge of how Bonds work. They are, as Special Purpose means of funding developmental initiatives, inconvertible to cash, hence undrawable by anyone.

Ojogo said ” Rather than abandon the welfare of workers for months without remorse under any guise, the Ondo State Government led by Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN shall, at all times, evolve ingenious means to address the issue of salaries in the face of excruciating global economic challenges.

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Oil Market: Price of Nigeria’s Bonny Light hovers at $71.73 per barrel


…As OPEC puts nation’s output at 1.344 mb/d

By Udeme Akpan

THE price of Bonny Light, Nigeria’s oil grade, Thursday, hovered at $71.73 per barrel, as the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, puts nation’s output at 1.344 million barrels per day, mb/d.

This showed an excess of $31.73 per barrel, as the N7.89 trillion 2021 budget was based on $40 per barrel and 1.86 mb/d, including Condensate.

However, in its Monthly Oil Report (June), released, yesterday, OPEC, disclosed that Nigeria produced 1.344 mb/d, excluding Condensate, based on information obtained from direct sources.

Nevertheless, the organization said that the nation produced 3.88 mb/d, excluding Condensate, when information obtained from secondary sources are considered.

According to the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Nigeria has the capacity to produce 300,000 – 400,000 bp/d, which attract the same price as Bonny Light in the global market.

In any case, commenting on global demand, OPEC stated in its latest report that, “Total global oil demand is expected to average 90.6 mb/d. For 2021, world oil demand growth is kept unchanged at 6.0 mb/d, with total oil demand standing at 96.58 mb/d. OECD demand is revised slightly lower on an annualized basis, mainly reflecting lower-than-expected data from OECD Americas and Europe in 1Q21.

“However, initial data for April in both regions, as well as positive mobility developments given easing restriction measures and border openings, encouraged an upward revision to 2Q21 data. This offset most of the 1Q21 downward revision. In the non-OECD, oil demand was revised slightly higher, mainly due to positive 2Q21 data from the Middle East.”

In terms of supply, the report, stated: “For 2021, non-OPEC liquids supply is revised up by 0.1 mb/d from last month’s assessment, and is now forecast to grow by 0.8 mb/d to average 63.7 mb/d. This is mainly due to a faster-than-expected recovery in US liquids production of 2.5 mb/d in March. Additionally, the supply forecast for Norway, China, and Indonesia is also revised up, while the supply forecast in the UK, Brazil, and Colombia is revised down. The main drivers for 2021 supply growth are anticipated to be Canada, Brazil, China, and Norway, while US liquids supply is now expected to only grow by a marginal 0.03 mb/d y-o-y. US crude oil is actually forecast to decline y-o-y by 0.1 mb/d to 11.2 mb/d.”

In a recent interview with Vanguard, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Professorial Chair,  Oil and Gas Economics, and Management, Institute for Oil and Gas Studies, University of Cape Coast. Ghana, Prof. Omowumi Iledare, had said: “The government is commended for the conservative choice of the assumed oil price in the budget estimate. The current price projections, according to Energy Information Administration, EIA, and even OPEC, remain more likely than not to stay within 50 – 60 in a sustainable way, other things being equal. That will certainly provide the buffer if the projected output of 1.86 fails to hold.”

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Biden slams FG over Twitter suspension


By Prince Okafor

The United States President, Joe Biden, has condemned the Federal Government decision to suspend of Twitter operations in Nigeria.

Stressing that the restriction to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.

According to a statement made available to Vanguard by the U.S Department Spokesperson, Ned Price, it stated that, “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter. 

“The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter.

“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.  Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.

“We support Nigeria as it works towards unity, peace, and prosperity.  As its partner, we call on the government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression by reversing this suspension.”

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Herders kill 6 in Katsina-Ala, abduct women

Herders kill 6 in Katsina-Ala, abduct women

Six people were killed by armed herdsmen in Wednesday afternoon’s attack on Anyom community of Mbatyula Council Ward in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

Media aide to the Chairman of Katsina Ala Local Government, Terseer Benga, confirmed this to newsmen.

Benga said that the attackers invaded the victims’ farmlands with their cows, killed the farmers and took away some women, while the whereabouts of others remained unknown.

READ ALSO: Over 100 killed in Benue as militia gangs sack four Council Wards in Katsina-Ala LGA

The media aide said: “The invasion by the herders took place between 3p.m. and 4p.m. on Wednesday in Anyom, a Kastina-Ala community, which borders Taraba State.

“Six people were confirmed dead at the moment, while the whereabouts of some remained unknown.”

However, when contacted, the State Police Command spokesperson, Deputy Superintendent Catherine Anene said she was yet to get any details of the incident.

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FG not after any religious leader for tweeting but those aiding Twitter to flout ban —Malami

FG not after any religious leader for tweeting but those aiding Twitter to flout ban —Malami

BAN ON OPEN GRAZING: Afenifere blasts Malami, says he's unfit as AGF

By Soni Daniel, Northern, Region Editor

Re-direct fuel subsidy funds to healthcare, education, Okowa tells FG

ABUJA — The Attorney  General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, explained yesterday that the Federal Government was not after Nigerians tweeting from anywhere in the world but those who aid and abet Twitter to circumvent the ban slammed on it earlier this week.

He also assured that the government was not after any religious leader for tweeting.

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It will be recalled that a section of the media had said the AGF directed the Director of Public Prosecution to begin the process of prosecuting those who assist the American company to dodge the ban imposed on its operations in the country.

The AGF told Vanguard in an exclusive chat last night that the there was no time he asked the DPP to file charges against Nigerians who were using Twitter to express themselves. “It is within their guaranteed fundamental right to tweet from anywhere in the world. Nigeria, being a democratic nation, cannot stop its citizens from exercising their rights of freedom of expression.  ’But our position on Twitter is clear: Anyone, whether individual or corporate institution that enables Twitter to circumvent the ban the Federal Government of Nigeria placed on the company, will be prosecuted.

“Our statement outlining our position on June 1, 2021 did not ask the DPP to prosecute Nigerians using twitter or any social media platform to express their view. But we are going to use the legal instruments at our disposal to go after those who aid and abet Twitter to continue to threaten our corporate existence as a nation.

“It is clear from the barrage of insinuations and falsehood being orchestrated by some Nigerians and those trying to change the clear position of the Government of Nigeria to suit their whims and caprices and to whip up sentiments to hoodwink the people,   that they are up to some mischievous and sinister games, which the Federal Government will not condone.

“At no time did we threaten any religious leader for using Twitter to express themselves. Neither did we indicate in any way that we were going after them. But mischief-makers were quick to mention names of religious leaders and give the impression that we were already in court to try them.

“Let it be made clear that the Buhari administration being a people-centred government that relies on the rule of law, will never adopt any policy or programme that seeks to add pain or injury to the very people who elected it to serve them.

“For the record, let it be made amply clear that the AGF, Abubakar Malami, is not after any Nigerian, tweeting from Nigeria or anywhere in the world but that any Nigerian company or entity that gives a helping hand for Twitter to escape the ban placed on it, will be dealt with,” Malami warned.

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NDDC: WCF cautions FG against Okomagba’s nomination

NDDC: WCF cautions FG against Okomagba’s nomination

N-Delta women want NDDC under Presidency's supervision

The Warri Consultative Forum has reminded President Muhammadu Buhari of a court case instituted against the nomination of Mr. Bernard Okumagba into the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board, noting that Bernard Okumagba is not from an oil-producing community in Warri, Delta State.

The group in a statement signed by its secretary Mr. Amachi Ogbonna vowed to follow the case to the end insisting that the Act that established the commission must be adhered to.

According to Ogbonna “We are aware that section 4 of the NDDC Act 2000 provides inter alia that the position of the office of the Chairman of the Commission shall be on rotational basis alphabetically starting from the 9 states that make up the Commission.

‘” Since it is the turn of Delta State to produce the Chairman and Managing Director of the substantive Board of the NDDC, it is equitable, just, reasonable, and legal to also appoint the Board Chairman and Managing Director using the same statutory provision of the Act creating the NDDC as clearly stipulated under section 12(1) of the Act which provides thus

“There shall be for the Commission a Managing Director and two Executive Directors who shall be indigenes of oil-producing areas starting with a member state of the Commission with the highest production quantum of oil and shall rotate amongst member states in that order”.

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Re-direct fuel subsidy funds to healthcare, education, Okowa tells FG

Delta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (left), being decorated by the President, National Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. (Mrs) Minnie Oseji, National Coordinator MWAN. Dr. Bobola Agbonle, and the President ,Delta State Chapter of MWAN. Dr. Ngozi Emma-Nzekwue During a courtesy call by the Executive Committee of the Association on the Governor in Asaba. Thursday.

Delta Governor Dr  Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to re-direct fuel subsidy funds to healthcare and education services to touch the lives of poor Nigerians, saying that continued subsidy on oil amounted to supporting the rich at the expense of the poor.

Okowa made the call when he received the National Executive Committee of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) led by its President, Dr Minnie Oseji, at Government House, Asaba.

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He said that the best way to attend to the very low people in the society was through their health and education needs, and reiterated that there was an urgent need to redeploy subsidy funds currently being used on petroleum products to basic needs of poor Nigerians.

According to him, we need to think about the very poor in the society so that we do not continue to plan for the rich and the middle class, thinking we are planning for the poor.

“When I listened to the debate in the National Assembly about the fuel subsidy, two basic issues came to the fore.

“We are subsidising more for the rich than the poor, and secondly, the bulk of that money is actually going into private pockets because of round-tripping.

“I say so because I am not convinced as a governor in this nation that we are utilising up to 90 million litres of petrol a day. It’s not possible.

“So, I believe that if that subsidy is truly redirected to support healthcare and education grants in this country, we will truly be impacting better on the poorer segment of the society.

“If they are able to take their children to school and hospitals without paying so much from their pockets, it will be a better thing for our nation.

“The easiest way to truly impact the poor is in this direction and Nigeria needs to begin to look at this all over,’’ the governor said.

He commended MWAN for impacting very strongly on the family and for their fight to end harmful practices against women and children.

“I must commend you for taking care of women and children, because when you do that, you are also taking care of the family unit at large.

“Looking through your lists of achievements there is a lot of passion in what you are doing. We have various associations in Nigeria and if every association is passionate about the poor as you are doing, I am sure we will have a better nation.

“As for female genital mutilation, we will continue to be passionate about communicating to the people on the need to end such harmful practices.

“There is a need for continuing advocacy because sometimes laws don’t tend to bring a solution to these problems,’’ he said.

On poor funding of health infrastructure, Okowa blamed it on high recurrent expenditure and inadequate releases of health budgets.

He said that the greatest challenge that the nation had which he noticed while at the Senate was where recurrent expenditure took about 80 to 90 per cent  of the budget.

“This makes it very difficult for the health sector to achieve more than we are at the moment,’’ he said, adding that “we will not be able to do more than we are doing at the moment if we are not able to raise more funds to finance our budgets.”

Earlier, the national president of MWAN had said that her delegation was in the state to intimate the governor on the associations’ activities and commended him for his efforts at promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) three and five, gender equality, good health and well-being.

She stated that the association had promoted awareness concerning breast and cervical cancer as well as provision of support services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Buhari interview: South-South group advocates dialogue, strengthening regional ties to sustain Nigeria’s integrity

A group of young intelligentsias thought leaders and women from the South-South Geopolitical Zone, under the aegis of the South-South Renaissance Movement, has reacted to the interview of President Muhammadu Buhari conducted by Arise Television on Thursday, June 10, 2021.  The group in its reaction called for dialogue and the strengthening of the socio-political and regional alliances that pre-existed the Nigerian republic to foster the nation’s integrity amidst rising secessionist calls in the polity.

President Buhari was quoted to have said, “I was encouraged by what I heard, nobody told me. Two statements from the south-south. One by the elderly people, they said this time around there would be no (secession). And again the youth made the same statement; such encouragement.”

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Speaking in Abuja, a member of the group, Oraye St. Franklyn said, “It was commendable to see the President acknowledge the important role the South-South played in sustaining the solidarity and integrity of the Nigerian nation. The commitment of the South-South people from Okerenkoko to Mbiama, Abua to Uromi and all across the region to the Nigerian project has been a longstanding tradition bequeathed to us by our forefathers from Chief Harold Dappa Biriye, Melford Okilo, Matthew Mbu to Pa Anthony Enahoro who, himself, moved the first motion for Nigeria’s independence.”

“The important role of the South-South to Nigeria’s continued existence cannot therefore be overstated as the President himself acknowledged. It is on this premise that it is germane to say that there is a need to reactivate our regional alliances across the Niger and most importantly, strengthen them to continue to sustain the integrity of our beloved country, as the South-South people, although doggedly committed to the Nigerian project, also now largely feel abandoned.” he added.

While acknowledging the rights of peoples all over the world to self-determination, dignity of their persons and access to equal opportunities, the South-South Renaissance Movement said such legitimate demands were the aspiration of all Nigerians which were still achievable within the Nigerian federation irrespective of the protracting challenges the nation had been experiencing.

The group condemned the recourse to violence, bloodletting and day-light criminality by shady and obscure groups as means to advocating for legitimate rights. While calling on the government to give due considerations to the agitations for a more egalitarian society, the group called on all aggrieved member-nations of the Nigerian Federation to embrace dialogue and close ranks in order to build a better nation that serves the interest of all Nigerians.

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