•70 signatories to endorse the charter
Promoters of the proposed Niger Delta Peoples Charter have said 70 signatories are needed to to make the charter effective. This to be included representatives of ethnic nationalities and pan-Niger Delta groups.
This was disclosed in a statement in Warri by the president of the Niger Delta Congress, NDP, Mr Nubari Sataah on Monday.
Mr. Sataah who stated this shortly after the second imprimatur was done said a former president of the Nigeria Environmental Society (NES) and elder statesman, Olu Andah Wai-Ogosu, an engineer, has also signed the charter on behalf of Rivers State.
This was followed after Prof. Ebiegberi Joe Alagoa signed the charter on behalf of Bayelsa State on November 4.
Sataah added that the signing of the charter would continue in other Niger Delta states to collate more signatures.
NDP said: “The Niger Delta Peoples Charter will continue its journey to other Niger Delta states to collate signatures. It is expected that 70 persons will sign the charter, including representatives of ethnic nationalities in the region and pan-Niger Delta groups.”
However, the Niger Delta Peoples Charter, scheduled for unveiling on February 23, 2022 will commemorate the 55th anniversary of the declaration of the Niger Delta Republic by the late Major Isaac Adaka Boro, contains five critical demands, including the urgent need for the Nigerian constitution to be revised as recommended in the recently convened national conferences.
It was learnt that ethnic nationalities of the oil-rich region, under the auspices of Niger Delta Congress, on October 8, in Yenagoa, adopted a charter of what they termed their “inalienable rights”.
The ethnic nationalities threatened that failure by the Federal Government to adopt a constitution that captures these rights in the shortest possible time will leave Niger Delta people with no option, “but to exercise our rights to self-determination as a people, independent of the Nigerian federation.”