DELTA State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, and his Sokoto State counterpart, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, have declared that dialogue rather than violent agitations would ensure speedy development of the country. The two governors made the submission on Saturday in Asaba during the second day of the Delta State Economic and Investment Summit. According to the governors, security challenges in the
Niger-Delta region in particular would not have degenerated to a situation where the country is losing huge revenue as a result of destruction of pipelines if the people involved had applied dialogue. They noted that the region has great potentials for growth if its resources are harnessed which could only be done in a peaceful environment. “I bring you felicitations from the Nigeria Governors Forum on your state’s silver jubilee celebration. Delta State
is known for peace and a lot can be achieved when dialogue is applied. I want to call on youths of the Niger Delta region to embrace dialogue and peace in their agitations, let us have dialogue on the various issues affecting the region; we need peace and tranquillity in the country so that we can harness all our resources for development. I urge youths of the Niger Delta to engage the federal government through dialogue so that solutions can be found,” Alhaji Tambuwal posited. On his part, Okowa said “we seek peaceful environment from our people, so that a lot of development can take place; we need to cooperate with ourselves so that we can right the wrongs of the past. “A lot of the investment community are ready to partner with us to develop the state, but we need to ensure that we sustain peace and security in our communities so that investors can come in; it is not wrong to agitate, but we can do that through dialogue, we will get better results when we agitate through dialogue,” Okowa emphasised. He assured the people, especially participants of the summit that government would take all necessary measures to implement its resolutions, asserting that “presentation at the summit gives us hope for the future, this summit would not end up as a mere talk show, I have instructed my executive council that all suggestions and resolutions should be brought up at a special executive council meeting within the next two weeks so that we can begin to implement them”. While commending all participants, especially former administrators and governors for charting the way forward for the state, Okowa called for the cooperation of all to provide an enabling environment for investment to thrive.

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