8 November 2011
It is heart-warming that a lot of economic potential have been identified in the states of the Niger Delta- Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom,
Cross River, Edo and Delta.
The problem with the Niger Delta states, as is the case with the larger Nigerian society, is their inability to harness such potential. Advertising a proposed “South-South Economic Summit: Asaba 2011 as the BRACED States,” it was recently stated that the event would afford the states the opportunity to showcase their integrated economic potential in oil and gas, agriculture, infrastructure, human capacity, natural resources, tourism, entertainment and sports.
Gladdening as the proposal appears, but beyond showcasing potential, there are some concerns. Are there genuine steps at harnessing the potential (so identified) into reality that can benefit the masses of the Niger Delta in particular and the Nigerian people in general?