By Simeon OSAJIE
Edo State chapter of Mangrove People Leadership Initiative (MAPLI) has called on the South-South States of Nigeria the need to speak with one voice so as to attract developments to the region.
The called was made by Ambassador Bright Annillin, Edo State Chairman of the group during its courtesy visit to Sir Roland Osakue led executive of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ, Edo State Council at the state secretariat on Thursday, 2nd September, 2021.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Ambassador Annillin, informed the leadership of Edo NUJ the association’s desires to right the perceived wrong in the South-South region by way of dialoguing and using constitutional means to fight instead of using violent approach.
Listing the Association’s ideologies and objectives, he said: “to use the initiative as a collective voice of the people of South-South to attract attention for economic empowerment and development through established instruments of dialogue and consultation under one voice; to use the initiative to liaise with other relevant organisations and sister NGOs with similar aims and objectives to achieve our targets; to use the initiative as a platform to demand for social welfare and the collective interest of members and the South-South region in line with the identified aims and objectives through the instrumentality of sincerity of purpose by the leadership of the group at all levels.”
In his response, the State Chairman of NUJ, Sir. Roland Osakue, stated that, if Nigeria has the right approach to leadership, the issue of different groups emerging to make a case for good governance would arise.
He commended the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) for its initiative and assured the group of the cooperation of journalists as they go about their vision and mission.
Other members of the association who were in the entourage included Engr. Isibor Orobosa (Secretary); Imafidon Bowen (Youth Leader); Comrade Aifuwa Desmond (Financial Secretary) and Comrade Effam Pius (Chief Protocol).
On hand to join Sir Roland Osakue to receive the visitors were Comrade Titus Akhigbe (Edo NUJ Secretary), Otunba Mike Aladenika (Past Chairman of the Edo NUJ) and some members of the union.