The President of Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), Dr Sally Adukwu-Bolujoko has called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps towards addressing the ills in the oil-rich Niger Delta, describing the region as an epitome of injustice, devoid of equity, fairness and sustainable development.
Adukwu-Bolujoko stated this while leading a 12-man delegation of the institute on a courtesy visit to the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Chibuzor Ugwoha in his office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The NIM president lamented the deplorable condition of the rural communities where oil, the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy is being exploited, and called on the authorities to address the problem of Niger Delta, which she said has suffered injustice since the discovery of oil in the region.
According to her, “unless this is done, Nigeria cannot be fixed. The problem of the Niger Delta is the problem of Nigeria. Fix Niger Delta, and you fix Nigeria”.
Adukwu-Bolujoko, who explained that the delegation was at the NDDC to articulate the vision and objectives of the institute and to explore avenues of partnering with the commission, disclosed that NIM was engaged in the training of graduates for management proficiency in order to build a virile nation through the establishment of the proposed University of Management and Strategic Studies.
“We have no nation to colonise and bring their resources to Nigeria. We have to invest on people to develop the nation”, the president added.
Responding, the Managing Director of NDDC, Mr Chibuzor Ugwoha stated that the commission, as an interventionist agency, was involved in building capacity and providing infrastructures, which will reduce the suffering of the people.
The NDDC boss noted that the body has concluded plans to train 1,000 youths on seafaring with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and another 65 youths in oil and gas skills acquisition to bridge the yawning economic disconnect in the region.