31 July 2011
In spite of having a Niger Delta son as the President of Nigeria, the people of the region have renewed their clamour for resource control, saying that the struggle has never been about who becomes the president.
This was part of the resolutions adopted during a one day Niger Delta town hall meeting organised by Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth,
, ERA/FoEN at Egbema, Okwuzi community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers state. Nigeria
The people noted that the clamour for resource control was necessitated by decades of neglect of the region that produces the resources sustaining the country and the exclusion of the people of the region from benefiting from the resources deposited by God under their soil.
“Rather than reaping any benefit from oil and gas in our region, we have been reaping pains, sorrow and crises occasioned by the destruction of our environment, pollution of our land and rivers and poisoning of the air through endless gas flaring without any form of mitigation measures in place.
The region has remained grossly underdeveloped while the local people whose sources of livelihood have been destroyed in the process of oil extraction, live in abject poverty, noted the participants at the forum.