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Monday, August 01, 2016

Niger Delta Insecurity: Dickson tells FG dialogue remains best option

The Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, has reaffirmed that dialogue remains the best option to the amicable resolution of the security challenges bedevilling the Niger Delta region, ITRealms.

He also urged the Federal Government to embrace dialogue with the youths "because military option is not a solution" to the problems in the Niger Delta.

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dickson, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said in a press statement made available to ITRealms on Saturday in Warri, Delta State, during a meeting of Ijaw leaders and elders of thought to brainstorm on the way forward for the Ijaw ethnic nationality.

The meeting was attended by Ijaw leader and First Republic Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark; Deputy Governor of Delta State, Kingsley Otuaro; former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir Gabriel Toby; and one time Minister of Aviation, Alabo Tonye Graham Douglas.

Others are former Executive Director (Finance) in Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Pastor Power Aginighan; President of Ijaw National Congress (INC), Chief Boma Obuoforibo; former chairman, Bayelsa State Flood Committee, Chief Francis Doukpola; Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, King Joseph Timiyan and Amakosu of Ogbe-Ijoh, Warri Kingdom, King Kopul Orumini.

Dickson who applauded the efforts of Clark and other prominent leaders for championing the cause of the people, urged them to work together for peaceful co-existence of the region and the country as a whole.

The governor said he was at the meeting "to lend support to the on-going discussions for the enthronement of peace, stability and development of the Niger Delta area."

According to him, Ijaw leaders and elders have always provided leadership and support to the various state governments where the Ijaw people are domiciled towards strengthening the bond of unity and protection of the collective interests of the Ijaw nation.

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