MOVEMENT FOR the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, have agreed to work together to end the lingering Niger Delta crisis. Chief Clark confirmed this when MEND’s delegation met him in Warri. The MEND’s team was led by the secretary of MEND’s Aaron Team 2, Mr. Timipa Jenkins Okponipre, who bore a letter requesting collaboration with a regional stakeholders’ forum led by the ex- federal commissioner for Information, which was assembled at a recent gathering in Warri. Okponipre, who is also the Secretary of the Aaron’s Team 2, read out the terms on which MEND wished the new alliance to run noting that Clark, will lead the alliance with six other members, who would be persons of impeccable integrity. “MEND hereby restates that it shall work with and recognise Chief Edwin Ckark as the leader of a pan Niger Delta team to engage in dialogue with the federal government and multi- national oil companies upon the following terms and conditions: “All the ongoing Niger Delta dialogue and peace initiatives in the region shall be carefully coordinated and warehoused under a single umbrella body to be known as the Niger Delta Peace and Development Group. “Only the Niger Delta Peace and Development Group shall be recognised and competent to speak, negotiate and dialogue on behalf of the Niger Delta region with all stakeholders including the federal government, the international community and multinational oil companies.

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