Chief Tonye Graham-Douglas, the Rivers Leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has urged the newly 17-man executive committee members to foster unity and progress in the region and the state.
The executive committee of PANDEF, a socio-cultural movement founded to actualise the emancipation of the Niger Delta people, was inaugurated on Tuesday to pilot the affairs of the group in Rivers.
Graham-Douglas, also a trustee of PANDEF, while inaugurating the executive in Port Harcourt had said that PANDEF’s major concern remained the systematic neglect of the area by past governments, policies and laws.
“I, therefore, inaugurate you as Executive Committee and charge you to put in motion a machinery that would seek out ways and constitutional means of readdressing the wrong done to us.
“This includes advancing new ways of tackling the problems and menace we now face.
“Conscious of the universal and absolute self-sustenance/reliance but always being unique part of the larger coordinating body at the center,’’ he said.
Graham-Douglas, who was a four-time federal minister, thanked members of the executive and PANDEF stakeholders for sparing time to witness the inauguration.
He urged the committee members to cooperate and achieve PANDEF’s goal.
Also, Chief Sampson Agbaru, Chairman of the Rivers Chapter of PANDEF, promised to advance the cause of the state and Niger Delta.
Agbaru, a former Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Rivers Government, said the executive would stay focused on PANDEF’s aim of addressing the challenges and under-development of the Niger Delta.