Edwin Clark on Saturday urged Ijaw scholars and researchers to address the issue of Niger Delta development through research and documentation of the culture and struggles of the peoples of the region.
Mr. Clark spoke at the presentation and launch of a book: “Culture, environment and the question of the Niger Delta”, at the Federal University of Otuoke, Bayelsa.
The book is in honor of Professor Benjamin Okaba, President of the National Ijaw Congress and currently Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies, FUO.
Mr. Clark was represented by Boladei Igali, former Nigerian Ambassador to the Scandinavian countries.
“Sometimes people associate the Niger Delta only with oil, but there is a lot to be said for the Niger Delta. I think there are a lot of studies to be done on the region.
“The leaders of Ijaw and the Niger Delta must be more interested in funding a lot of research on the Niger Delta.
“You have to be able to document and collect data and publish so that the youngest can have something to fall back on. This is a wake-up call for all of us,” Clark said.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, represented by a former Bayelsa Education Commissioner, Tobias James, unveiled the book to the public.
Represented by his Technical Advisor for Higher Education, Isaiah Stephen, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa, recommended the book to all higher institutions.