At the end of the three day period of interactive deliberations, facts deduced from participants representing communities, local governments and non governmental organisations indicated a strong desire for grassroot development.
The major problem identified by groups was a general lack of basic amenities in the communities and the need to educate the rural people on environmental issues and crises management.
Solutions proffered through group deliberations include the need to go back to their communities and commence self help development projects. Create conducive atmosphere for development. Work closely and harmoniously with other communities.
Group heads or facilitators were also appointed as interim coordinators (IAIA) for their respective local governments. They will also henceforth work closely with IAIA office in coordinating programmes as it affects their areas.
IAIA Nigeria also agreed to work in close partnership with other NGOs in Bayelsa State to form an NGO coalition as to foster a relationship that will make for growth and development at the grassroot level.
IAIA Nigeria and IAIA International as represented by Prof. C. P. Wolf will aid grassroot development using Bayelsa as a first test case by liaising with foreign donor agencies that are desirous of committing donor aids to grassroot development.
Participants on their part have learned that they are their own best resource and should therefore commence self help development efforts before seeking external help.
They also expressed that they have learnt to be more accommodating, flexible in the discussion of their grievances. As they are now better crises mangers.
Also two people-oriented projects have commenced in Bayelsa,
courtesy PROF. C.P. W OLF.
a) The re-roofing of a school building at Okutukutu.
b) Discussion for the renting of a building for the purpose of community based cottage hospital that will also serve as training centre for community health work. It is a pilot work that will be duplicated.
The foundation stone of the IAIA centre has been laid. The centre is located in Okutukutu on a piece of land extending to 10 plots, five of which was bought by IAIA and five plots donated by the community.
Amenities for the centre will include:
a) An environmental laboratory
b) A skill acquisition centre.
The success of the conference can be summed up in these words:
“I have covered news and events in Bayelsa and must confess that this is the first time a conference in Yenegoa had attracted such a large crowd from day one to the end of the conference “ Bayelsa correspondent – Post Express Newspaper.
“At the conclusion of the conference, I have been able to understand how to manage our environment and will be able to assess the impact of oil devastation of communities for sustainable development. We are also satisfied that the world have had the cries of the people of the Niger Delta”.
Augustine Emaelia – Old Ogbia Local Government Area (participant).
|DR. E. A. AKPOFURE||MR. PATRICK UGBOAJA|
|NATIONAL PRESIDENT||NATIONAL SECRETARY|