A women group in the oil rich Niger Delta region has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency, remove the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme PAP, Retd. Major-General Barry Ndiomu.
The group under the aegis of Niger Delta Women League called for Ndiomu’s sack following his alleged gross negligence to the plight of Niger Delta women.
They insisted that Niger Delta women cannot play second fiddle and that they reuse to be ignored any more.
The Niger Delta Women League called for conscious and deliberate policies to address the economic development of women in the Niger Delta region.
National President of the socio-cultural group, Hon. Sheila Abiye, stressed the need for the evolution of a new chapter for women in the Niger Delta, even as she expressed dismay that leaders were ignoring challenges faced by women generally.
Abiye listed such challenges to include maternal mortality, child mortality rate, girl child education, amongst others, insisting that leaders must as a matter of urgency evolve a roadmap to address these issues.
According to her, “It is a known fact that the Presidential Amnesty Programme was established to take care of our agitators. But the program also has provisions for the Impacted.
“The above is because, militancy could not have succeeded without ancillary support from women and children who are sympathetic to the cause, thereby playing one role or another in support.
“Secondly, the consequences of such a prolonged armed conflict in the Niger Delta region, definitely had adverse effects on women and children, so why would they not be direct beneficiaries by target?
“Thirdly, the reason behind all the agitations that lead to arm struggle was for the inclusion of our people and region, given that our land, air and waterways have been grossly violated by pollution from Oil and Gas activities.
“It therefore becomes very painful, inconsiderate and deliberate that the Niger Delta women, who is at the base of it all is excluded in a systemic manner. It is failure of leadership by drivers of the process to demonstrate this level of gross negligence, neglect and lack of capacity.”
She continued that, “Niger Delta women cannot play second fiddle any more. We refuse to be ignored any more. There must be conscious and deliberate policies to address the economic development of the Niger Delta women. Leaders must as a matter of urgency evolve a roadmap to address issues of maternal mortality, child mortality rate, girl child education amongst others.”
Abiye further stressed that, “this is the only way to grow a productive populace of the female gender in the Niger Delta region. Sadly, with all the billions spent by Maj. Gen. Barry Ndiomu (rtd) and all his predecessors, not a single penny was dedicated to consider the plight of the Niger Delta Woman.”