The Niger Delta Peoples Charter, embedded with critical developmental demands for Nigeria’s oil-rich region, has been earmarked for unveiling on February 23, 2022.
The President of the Niger Delta Congress (NDC), Nubari Sataah, disclosed this at the weekend in a statement made available to reporters in Warri, Delta State.
He said unveiling date was chosen to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the ‘Niger Delta Republic’, as declared by the late Isaac Adaka Boro at Kaiama (in the present day Bayelsa State), in 1967.
Sataah said the Niger Delta Peoples Charter would be signed by representatives of the 70 ethnic nationalities that make up the Niger Delta, representatives of organisations in the region, as well as representatives from Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.
He noted that the signing began with Prof. Ebiegberi Joe Alagoa signing the adopted charter at his Nembe country home, on behalf of Bayelsa State, last Thursday.
Enshrined in the charter are five critical demands by Niger Deltans, which include the need for the Nigerian constitution to be revised as recommended at the national conferences convened in recent times.
tionalities across the Niger Delta, under the auspices of Niger Delta Congress, on October 8, at the Ijaw House Complex, Yenagoa, adopted a charter of what they termed their “inalienable rights”.
They warned 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.”
The inalienable rights stipulated in the charter are life and liberty, resource control, sustainable environment, justice and fairness, as well as self- determination.