The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) in collaboration with the Imo State government and Market Development for the Niger Delta (MADE) is set to hold the fifth edition of the Niger Delta Development Forum (NDDF) in Owerri, Imo State.
In a statement released by PIND and signed by the Advocacy Programme Manager, Ms Ese Emerhi, the forum scheduled to hold on 19 and 20 October 2016, will help increase awareness and shared understanding among stakeholders on the critical steps needed to move the region towards a re-imaged Niger Delta.
The organizers of the NDDF stated that the Niger Delta states are experiencing crisis – politically, economically, socially, and environmentally. The statement added that, the collapse of global oil prices has taken its toll the hardest on the nine states of the Niger Delta, resulting in the re-emergence of violence by new militancy groups.
“Despite numerous efforts by both independent organizations and the Federal Government in convening key stakeholders in the region to collectively explore the imperatives of inclusive economic growth in an environment of dwindling oil prices, little headway has been achieved or documented on a firm way forward for the region”, the statement read.
According to the statement, the forum tagged ‘Towards Self-Sustaining Development in the Niger Delta: Narrating and Showcasing a Re-Imagined Niger Delta’ will create a platform to increase actionable opportunities for sustainable development initiatives and activities in the Niger Delta region through evidence based policy influence at the state and federal levels.
The statement further read: “we believe the forum will help facilitate commitment of key actors like the government, private sector, civil society and donor community through dialogue with stakeholders for more inclusive pro-poor development initiatives in the Niger Delta.”