By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan today said the media in the Niger Delta must change the narrative of the Niger Delta region while calling on the people of the region to think of alternative means to crude oil.
Dr. Uduaghan made the assertion at the 3rd Anniversary/Award Dinner of Gbaramatu-Voice Newspaper in Warri.
Dr. Uduaghan who was represented by former Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare said with the discovery of new energies, there is urgent need for alternative energy so that the region may not be taken unawares in the future.
He faulted the type of federalism practice in the Country just as he called for restructuring that will see every region developing their potentials at their started.
Dr. Uduaghan insisted that High Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo A.k.a Tompolo who taunted as a militant by others as a “Hero” of the Niger Delta Struggle.
He noted that a militant who can give scholarships to students to go study in the University degrees as well as sponsor people to be trained overseas cannot be seen as a bad man but a ,”Selfless Hero.”
“Tompolo talks his people. Everything he talks about is about his people.”
Dr. Uduaghan also said any Niger Delta who cannot openly associate with Tompolo has not started.
Dr. Uduaghan also called on the people of the Niger Delta to be very wise about the way they go about issues in the region.
Dr. Uduaghan congratulated the Gbaramatu-Voice Newspaper on its third year celebration just as he urged the publisher to use same to promote the agenda of the Niger Delta people.
Guest lecturer of the event, Prof. Tosan Harriman of Bayero University also hailed Tompolo for his good works in the region.
The Academician highlighted reasons why Tompolo cannot honour the Warrant by a Court.
According to Prof. Harriman,”He see National Security as a contingent to him than the rule of law. It is because, the appropriate hearing, liberty that the rule of law confers him.”
While commending the publisher of the local tabloid, Prof. Harriman stressed the need for the people to patronize the media for their own good.