11 July 2011
Tony Uranta is commonly associated with
Delta activism. Apparently on account of this, the late President Umaru Yar’Adua appointed him a member of the Technical Committee on the Niger Delta which came up with far reaching recommendations on how to approach the injustice in the region and the attendant restiveness. In this interview with Senior Correspondent, AUSTIN OBOH, Uranta speaks on President Goodluck Jonathan’s new cabinet and the failings of the Niger Delta Ministry as well as the Niger Delta Development Commission, among other national issues. Excerpts: Niger
What do you think of the Jonathan presidency and his pledge of running a transformational government?
That question is one I consider a bit tricky, because to start with I was one of those who canvassed for him to run and I have been strongly behind him. That is because I truly believe in him and in what I call the Jonathan phenomenon. What I call the Jonathan phenomenon is the phenomenon of change; positive change. I felt that it was overdue to make it clear to all the forces that are feudal, that are steeped in ethnicity and religious bigotry, that this nation is owned by the people of this nation, and that the minorities put together make a majority.