An ex- agitator in the Niger Delta, Don-Alex Watchman has commended Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, for his purposeful style of leadership which is gradually transforming the state.
He said the governor has won the hearts of many Bayelsans because of his desire to continue with physical infrastructural projects like the Senatorial Roads to link up the hinterlands and the construction of other roads in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The ex-militant leader stated that while the construction of the senatorial roads is key to the development of the state and the people, the governor should also focus on human capital development that would reduce the level of poverty and insecurity in the state.
Don-Alex Watchman in a statement issued to journalists in Yenagoa, said human capital development would reduce poverty, and create job opportunities for the teeming youths of the state.
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He further called on the state government to, as a matter of urgency, tackle the rising cases of sea-piracy which he said is adversely affecting marine transportation.
The self-styled “General”, also advised Governor Diri, to also engage ex-agitators from the state in collaboration with security agencies to combat sea piracy on the waterways.
He urged political leaders from the Niger Delta region irrespective of their political affiliation, not to be insensitive to the challenges facing the region, but to aggressively work together for its development, while demanding true fiscal federalism and resource control.
“General” Don-Alex Watchman, kicked against the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), describing it as horrible to the Niger Delta people that have suffered environmental degradation due to oil and gas activities for many years.
He rejected the 3% recommendation by the National Assembly, as against the 5% that was proposed for the host communities trust fund and stressed that Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom States are major contributors to the national economy, but yet they are still underdeveloped.
The warlord highlighted that the Late President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua’s foresight to deal with the fundamental problems in the Niger Delta region and remedy the low production of crude oil in the country was in order, and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to give his assent to the PIB, else it could cause another round of unrest in the region.
He declared that President Buhari should strive in unifying the country, which could only be achieved by equity, fairness and justice, at a time when every group is calling for succession.
He said President Buhari’s approach in tackling the security challenges across the country should be honest and appreciated by security agencies for their sacrifices in preserving the national unity of the country.