18 September 2016, Port Harcourt – The Federal Government is putting together the machinery for the much awaited Niger Delta dialogue to hold on Monday, September 26 and 27, at Abuja.
Vanguard learned, Sunday, that the summit was being coordinated by the Office of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo with Senator Babaemi Ojudu of Ekiti State, who is the SA, Political Matters to President Muhammadu Buhari and a former Commissioner in Ekiti state under the former governor, Fayemi, as facilitators.
Ahead the Abuja meeting, the Niger Delta Dialogue Contact Group, headed by the former military governor of the old Rivers State, King Alfred Diette-Spiff is meeting today (Monday) at Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, to analyze the findings of its contact groups and come up with an action plan for the Abuja meeting.
Leader of the Pan-Niger Delta platform, comprising monarchs, leaders and stakeholders of Niger Delta coastal states, former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, told Vanguard, “We are not aware that any date has been fixed for the Niger Delta Summit, but arrangements are on top gear for the monarchs, leaders and stakeholders of the coastal states to meet with President Buhari to brief him on our last meeting in Effurun, Warri and the way forward.”
Our source hinted: “Several international partners like NSRP and PIND, as well as the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, are on the planning committee of the Abuja summit on Niger Delta,”