Group: Give riverine communities coastal development commission

Dominic Adewole

ASABA

 

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group, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), has urged Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to create coastal areas development commission (CADA) to pilot the blueprint for the development of riverine communities in the state.

The group, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), maintained that the commission would complement the responsibilities of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), which was established on the basis of the 13 per cent oil derivation money in the coastal areas.

 

CEPEJ National Coordinator, Sheriff Mulade, who hailed the prevailing peace brought about by the governor among ethnic groups in the state during the group’s parley, tagged; Media Appreciation, at Ugolo-Okpe, near Warri, said the people of the riverine communities were still suffering from basic amenities of life.

 

He said: “Although, the governor has constructed a good number of roads, they are still in dire need of accessible roads, potable water, electricity, qualitative education, health facilities. Lack of dredging has given rise to salty rivers, air and environmental pollution due to oil spillage.”

He said the creation of the commission would keep the riverine areas in perfect peace and prevent rural-urban migration.

While he decried the rising standard of fake news and hate speeches, Mulade urged media practitioners to be more determined to publish the issues surrounding Nigeria through developmental journalism.

He promised that CEJEP would be more visible in the media space this year to join in the call for a ‘Stronger Delta,’ advocacy for development, good governance, poverty era

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