Says CADA is the collective interest of all Ijaws in Delta, highlights importance
By Binebai Princewill
President general of the revered Niger Delta Socio Cultural Group under the aegis of Delta Ijaw Youth Movement for Political Advancement (DIYMPA), Amb. John Dekawei has appealed to all Ijaw Lawmakers in the Delta State House of Assembly to swiftly deal with the bill seeking to create Coastal Areas Development Agency (CADA) in Delta State.
President of the Delta Ijaw Youth Movement for Political Advancement (DIYMPA), Amb. John Dekawei made this known to newsmen in Abuja yesterday via a statement he personally signed and issued, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper.
The young and renowned Niger Delta philanthropist stated that CADA is the collective interest of all sons and daughters of the Ijaws in Delta State and beyond, stressing that such an important bill must not be delayed at any cost.
Speaking further on the issue, Amb. Dekawei said the destinies of those living in the coastal part of Delta State and their communities are tied to CADA as its legislative impute will give way for its creation by the executive arm of government in the state.
He maintained that it has to be one step at a time as the excuse of not creating or establishing CADA in this political dispensation should not be the fault of the lawmakers for failing to present it on the floor of the Delta State House of Assembly for ascent by the Governor of Delta State.
Dekawei while lauding the idea behind CADA noted that if created, such will be one of the important thing that Delta Ijaws will be celebrating as it will be having the capacity to add more value to the long forgotten communities within the creeks of Delta.
While stressing on the need why CADA must not go through much debate either in the house or the state Executive Council, Amb. John said there is already Warri, Uvwie and Environs Development Agency and Delta Capital Territory Development Agencies created by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa after undergoing legislative processes.
He said CADA cannot be different from other similar agencies as it would mean a lot to the coastal communities and her people in the state, adding that some of these places are the largest producers of oil in the state hence compensating them for the many years of unrequited oil revenues with CADA remains the best thing to do.
The Niger Delta human rights activist insisted that CADA is supposed to have been created long before any other agency in Delta State as the coastal areas needs development more than any other areas.
While lamenting on the poor state of things, Dekawei said those living in the coastal areas of Delta State despites their economic viability have been denied with iron fisted manipulation to enjoy any form of social amenities.
According to him, establishing CADA will to some extent balance the age long imbalance of alienation in the coastal areas of Delta State.
“Oppression under any guise must and will be resisted, we can’t be treated as second class citizens always, CADA must be established for the coastal areas to have some sense of belonging as the hen that lays the golden eggs”
It would be recalled that Amb. John Dekawei is the chairman cum founder of the John Dekawei Foundation (JDF), a Non Governmental Organisation he has used in transforming the lives of many across the globe.