The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has encouraged Niger Delta leaders to put aside their personal interests and work together to address the region’s difficulties.
This is stated in a statement by Nneotabase Egbe, the Special Adviser on Media to retired Col. Milland Dikio, the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
According to the statement, the traditional monarch spoke in his palace in Warri on Wednesday when he met Dikio.
He stressed that only joint action backed by the sincerity of purpose could deliver the area and its people permanent peace and sustainable prosperity.
The Olu bemoaned the divisions among the people, particularly among the leaders, and emphasized that the intended goal could only be realized via the combined efforts of all stakeholders in the region.
“Our heads have been held down for too long. We have always been capable of greatness. The division among us have not allowed us to attain the greatness we desire,” he said.
He challenged Dikio to utilize his position to bring the region’s people together, stating that “once the Niger Delta gets it right it will be easier for Nigeria to also get it right.”
Beyond oil and gas, the traditional monarch highlighted that the territory was endowed with other economic options capable of transforming the fortunes of the zone’s economy.
“Everything that sustained our ancestors are still there, still valid. From palm, cocoa, fish and so on. “All we need to do is to use the resources to grow our economy and make life better for our people,” he said.
He committed his kingdom’s support for the PAP, particularly Dikio’s idea of shared prosperity for ex-agitators through his “Train, Employ, and Mentor” plan.
In any way, we can help to echo that message that we will do so. We are here to support and encourage you,” Atuwatse III added.
Earlier, Dikio stated that there were several prospects in the Niger Delta, but that capitalizing on them was contingent on peace.
He stated that the significance of Warri, as well as historical facts about the city and the kingdom, compelled PAP to host a summit to highlight the region’s economic potential.
“We have chosen the path of economic prosperity, and we feel that there was no better place to start than the great city of Warri, Dikio said.
He congratulated the king on his ascension to the ancestral throne and expressed hope that the kingdom would inspire others under his leadership.