The oil-rich Niger Delta region will remain poor and underdeveloped if the various ethnic nationalities in the region continue to fight themselves, a member of the House of Representatives, Francis Waive, has said.
Waive, who represents Ughelli North, Ughelli South, and Udu Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, called on the people of the region to unite and fight in unison against the continued exploitation by internal and external forces.
The lawmaker lamented that in spite of the rich natural resources in the region, the people and the area have remained poor and underdeveloped.
Waive, who is the only APC lawmaker from Delta State, made the assertions while addressing journalists at his constituency office in Ughelli.
“The region might remain poor and underdeveloped if traditional and political leaders in the region do not urgently stem the tide to save the region.
“I believe that what we are getting now in terms of the allocation to NDDC, 13 per cent derivation and the allocation to the states from the Federal Government is not enough.
“We need to come together as one, we need to be united because that is the only way we can fight for our right, and get what truly belongs to us.
“If we are scattered, if we are disunited, then, the others will have the opportunity to take advantage of us, exploit us, and exploit our resources.”