An Ijaw socio-political group, Kou-Iduwini-Gbaramatu- Egbema (KIGE), has endorsed Comrade Sheriff Mulade as Commissioner for Environment for Okowa’s second tenure.
The leader of the group, Mr. Great Alulu made this known in Warri, an ancient town in Delta state recently, while on a courtesy visit to Mulade.
It was gathered that Mulade is the National Cordinator of the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), which campaigns for environmental justice in the Niger Delta.
According to Alulu, “The role played by Comrade Sheriff Mulade towards sustainable, friendly and greener environment has created a global impact in the state and we have the singular honour to endorse him as Commissioner in Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s second administration.
“The likes of Mulade are rare breed. He used his NGO to advocate for peace and environmental justice. He should be appointed as Commissioner for Environment to enable him put his wealth of knowledge to promote the SMART Agenda of Okowa on environmental issues in the state.
“We are appealing to Okowa to acknowledge the former House of Assembly aspirant of Warri South West to be part of his government to bring the needed experience because our environment, our ecosystem is dead; and your voice and sensitization can reactivate the process when you are in power to continue what you have started.”
However, Comrade Sheriff Mulade expressing surprise over the intension of the visit appreciated the group to have acknowledged his role towards environmental justice and peace in the Niger Delta.
Mulade said, “It has been a passionate calling of self and it as been a legacy of our environmental activist, Ken Saro Wiwa (of blessed memory) who once said, ‘The environment is man’s first right’. Without a safe a environment, man cannot exist to claim any other right; be it political, social or economic.
“A world without vision will surely collapse and I operate on the clear vision of God. Leadership is a blessing and God has blessed me to bless others.
“If I am given such opportunity, as you said, to serve as Commissioner for Environment, if it is a plan from God, who will reject what God has planned? It is a welcome idea and I believe that time and chance are upon every man and this is within the purview of the governor to actualise such dream.”
Meanwhile, Mulade advised the group not to despise their small beginning and should work towards achieving their goals in which the organization was formed.
He added that they should not be sentimental in carrying out their duty, but be focused on the ideas behind their vision.
"Any faceless individual coming to create more anarchy in our region should desist and embrace peace, as we will not allow saboteurs to instigate unruly act here. We are ready to partner with the security forces to maintain peace in the Niger Delta"