The Hague hosts Niger Delta peace conference

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, the governors of four Niger Delta states as well as a couple of former militant leaders are expected to grace the forthcoming Niger Delta Peace Consolidation Conference slated for The Hague in Netherlands.

The two-day conference, which will hold on February 25 and 26, is being organized by a Rotterdam-based non-governmental organization, Hope for Niger Delta Campaign (HNDC).
President/founder of the HNDC, Comrade Sunny Ofehe, in a statement made available to us, said the conference is meant to consolidate on the successes of the amnesty programme of the Nigerian government.

“This conference is significant in the light of the achievement recorded by the Federal Government so far in the Niger Delta. HNDC believes that there is need to consolidate on the successes so far achieved through the amnesty programme, so as to avoid a situation where the Niger Delta will slide back into the state of anarchy that pervaded the region in the last three years,” Ofehe said.

The Delta State-born activist added that emerging tendencies in the aftermath of the amnesty have shown that the Nigerian government does not have all the solutions to ensuring a permanent peace in the oil-producing region.
He also reasoned that the current effort to end restiveness in the Niger Delta region could not be sustained unless the international community is involved.
Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva, Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) are expected to speak at the conference while the House of Representatives Committees on Niger Delta, Defense, Petroleum and Gas Resources will be represented by their chairmen.

Former militant leaders invited include Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo), Victor Ben Ebikabowei (Boyloaf), Ateke Tom, Sobomabo Jackrich and Mujahid Dokubo-Asari.
Others are the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Managing Director, Mr Chibuzor Ugwoha, Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Comrade Joseph Evah, Mr Tony Uranta, Mr Ledum Mitee, Dr Atuboyedia Obianime and Dr Chris Ekiyor.

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