Deployment Of Gunboats, Weapons Not Solution To Niger Delta Conflicts. – Tompolo

Deployment Of Gunboats, Weapons  Not Solution To Niger Delta Conflicts. – Tompolo

Ex-militant leader,High Chief Oweizide

 Government Ekpemupolo Alias Tompolo

 today stated that the continuous deployment

 of military houseboats, gunships and fighter

 jets to the Niger Delta will not solve the problem of the age-long criminal neglect of

 the region by government.

 Tompolo made the assertion in a statement

 signed by his Media Consultant, Comrade

 Paul Bebenimibo and made available to

“The huge sum of money used to deploy

 military houseboats, gunships and fighter

 jets is enough to fund the Nigerian Maritime

 University and other development projects

 in the region that will give a sense of relief

 and belonging to the people as part of the

 Nigerian project.”

Tompolo pointed out that mere

 acknowledgement of the fast deteriorating

 condition of the Niger Delta region by

 government is not enough to solve the

 problems there.

 Rather, the Federal Government needs to

 put up a strong political will to address the

 issue of lack of development in the region.

“At the last count, there are over 20 military

 houseboats in the creeks of Gbaramatu

 kingdom alone. So much is provided by the

 government in taking care of the military

 men and wares in that region without

 achieving the purpose they are being

 drafted to the area as the agitation for

 development of the region continues on

 daily bases.

“Government cannot continue to harass and

 intimidate the people of the region with

 military might. What the region needs is

 simply development. And that is what the

 previous administration meant when it

 established the Nigerian Maritime

 University, Okerenkoko.”

 “The previous government also approved

 the electrification of Escravos and environs,

 which has gone half-way, only to be

 discontinued by the present administration.”

 “The EPZ gas city and deep sea port

 project, well thought out by the precious

 administration to significantly address the

 issue of unemployment in Nigeria has been

 abandoned also. This is not fair.”