… while a book on the Niger Delta is announced for launch on October 21
By Festus Ahon, ASABA
The National President of the Historical Society of Nigeria, HSN, Prof. Okpeh O. Okpeh, said Nigerians were starting to lose faith in the country.
Okpeh in a foreword to a book titled âHistory and the Niger Delta: Oil, Politics and Culture,â said that people have the capacity to rise above what he called âthe afflictionsâ. self-afflicted â.
He blamed the deplorable state of infrastructure in Nigeria on a weak state structure, poor and bankrupt leadership, helpless, traumatized and almost conquered, growing insecurity and collapsed institutions, among others.
Calling on Nigerian state operators to act quickly and address development challenges in the country, especially in the Niger Delta region, he said there was a need to act quickly now that it was recoverable. , warned the government against any further delay.
According to him, the Niger Delta, the precarious state of its inhabitants and their means of subsistence represented the many dimensions and phases of the development crises in which contemporary Nigeria is landlocked.
He therefore challenged âthe State and its operators to hurry while the sun is still shining; because one point in time, they say, saves nine.
He congratulated the book which is a festschrift published in honor of Professor Sam o. Aghalinor from the University of Ilorin, for his immeasurable academic and scientific contribution to the socio-economic, political and educational development of the Niger Delta region, Nigeria and the world in general.
He said; âThe Book explains the many dimensions of the Nigerian question and its intersections with the struggles for injustice in the functioning of the federal system over the years.
The book is a collection of 55 chapters from scholars who study the oil-producing Niger Delta and the development crisis it continues to face due to the sustained exploration for crude oil by global oil multinationals and local corporations and pervasive environmental challenges for the population.
While a tribute to Aghalino, a native of the Delta State, tells of the Niger Deltans as a people, their history and culture as well as the intricacies of politics, control of resources and their quest for survival and relevance in the Nigerian regime.
The book is due to be presented to the public in Asaba on October 21 under the distinguished chairmanship of Sir Okey Ofili, former head of department, Delta State; with the Secretary of the Government of Delta State, SSG, Chief Patrick Ukah as special guest of honor. Former SSG, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay is the main host of the ceremony.