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PANDEF youth wing plans rally to demand restructuring

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The youth wing of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has disclosed plans to hold a mega rally to demand restructuring.

Coordinator of the Youth Wing, Famous Daunemigha, disclosed this yesterday.

He said the rally would comprise the chairmen, secretaries and women leaders of all youth bodies in the Niger Delta.

This is coming few days after the forum held a historical south-south rally in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Though, the coordinator did not disclosed the date of the rally, he said all ethnic nationalities from the region, are expected to participate in it.

In an interview with The Guardian in Yenagoa, Daunemigha said: “We have been inaugurated as a pioneer body of PANDEF, which is the mouth piece of the region.

“As a former youth leader of the Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC), my job is to coordinate all the youth bodies in Niger Delta to speak with one voice.”

According to him, restructuring the country would stabilise the economy and make the states stronger.

It would further give each region the opportunity to look inwards and work on their God-given resources to better the lives of their people.

Meanwhile, the youth leader has debunked claims that the rally was a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s affair.

A former militant leader, Michael Johnny, had alleged that the rally was masterminded by the PDP in the state.

Daunemigha , who is chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), described the allegation as shameful, mischievous and a calculated attempt to rubbish the good intention of Niger Delta leaders.

He said the body was a congregation of Niger Delta people, irrespective of party affiliation, tribe or creed.

Daunemigha explained that restructuring the country would stop the movement of people from Bayelsa to Abuja, while it would encourage those already in Abuja to relocate home.

He said the rally would also address the issue of kidnapping.

He added: “This place must be seen to be investment friendly to attract development to the area. There are many issues to be addressed, such as oil companies that are yet to relocate to Niger Delta, despite the mandate to do so.

There are also the issues of unemployment, over which he disclosed that they would mobilise to shut down all the companies that have not adhered to the relocation directive.


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