Commissioner Wants Jonathan To Tackle N’Delta Problems


Mr Raymos Guanah, the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development in Delta, on Friday advised President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently tackle the problems of the Niger Delta region.Guanah gave the advice in an interview with the newsmen in Asaba.He said that the amnesty programme initiated by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua recorded some success with militants dropping their arms and carrying out less attacks on pipelines.“ President Jonathan should sustain the tempo of the programme, being someone from that region who has had personal experience of the problems, deprivations and degradation there. “He should be able to adequately deal with the issues of the Niger Delta,’’ Guanah said.The commissioner said that having been sworn in as president, Jonathan should do something for the country for which he would be remembered.  He advocated for support for the new president from all well-meaning Nigerians considering the complexity of the country.The commissioner also said that although there were challenges in various sectors of the economy, the president should tackle the most crucial ones such as power and electoral reforms.“The president will be writing his name in gold on the sands of time if he is able to achieve success in the two areas,” Guanah said. Following the swearing-in of former Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, as substantive president of the country on Thursday, Special Adviser to Rivers State Governor on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Godknows Tam-George has called on the new head of State to declare a state of emergency in the region, Dr Tam-George who gave the charge while speaking with newsmen in his office on Friday, expressed shock over the death of  President Yar’Adua on Wednesday night.While recalling the contribution the late leader made to transform the Niger Delta, he said by declaring a state of emergency in the region, there would be speedy development that would better the lives of the people. He stressed that special attention should be given to infrastructure development, economic empowerment and human resources transformation in order to address the long years of neglect the area has suffered.  The problems of inequality, neglect, marginalisation, poverty and employment has eaten deep into the fabric of the area and needed to be reversed, he said. The Governor’s aide called on the federal government to speedily approve this year’s budget for the NDDC, in order for the agency to carry out its primary duties.He stated that although the location of the Niger Delta remain a choice site for industrial activities, there was need to embark on massive reclamation of land, including dredging of some of the canals in the region, boost marine transportation and tourism.For him, Nigeria can tow the path of developed countries which gives priority to its tourist potentials, which in his view are in abundance in the Niger Delta. He expressed the belief that Dr. Jonathan knows the problems and plight of the people and would use his good office to redress the wrongs of the past.Dr Tam-George expressed happiness that the country was able to transit despite the tension created by late Yar’Adua illness and prayed God to give President Jonathan the wisdom to pilot the affairs of the nation.