Ibori restates unemployment as reasons for oil theft, calls for advocacy
He, therefore, called for an urgent attention to address the menace in the Niger Delta region to save the region.
Ibori made the call on Wednesday at a Colloquium/Book Presentation in honour of Prof. Gordini Darah who turned 70 and also retired from active service.
Darah retired as a professor in the Department of English and Literary Studies, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka.
The book was titled “Scholarship and Commitment, Essays in Honour of GG Darah.”
Ibori, who lauded Darah, urged him to channel his wealth of experience to address the numerous challenges facing the Niger Delta.
Ibori reiterated that unemployment was one of the reasons the illicit business of oil bunkering was flourishing.
He warned that the situation might lead to underpopulation if not quickly checked.
“Prof. Darah, I challenge you that the job is not done yet. The other time I was in Oloibiri in Rivers, people cannot breathe well because of the activities of both legal and illegal oil activities.
“We have generic solutions to the problem and one of it is unemployment. So we need to go into the region and find a way to deal with the problems.