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The Mbong Foundation is a not for profit organization founded in August 2001. Our primary focus is in the Niger Delta Area of Nigeria. The Area covers six states of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and Edo States in the geographical area know as the South-South Region of Nigeria. The Niger Delta Area of Niger is one the richest area of the country yet the most neglected and poorly developed. Successive governments and oil interests have only been taking from the area without any substantial developmental programs. Making the youths idle and frustrated without education and any training that can sustained them in life. The area then descends into crime and sabotage of oil facilities causing deaths to many youths, women and children, who goes to take petroleum products from sabotaged oil pipelines and other facilities.
The government and oil corporations are believed to be sponsoring the communities to fight each other in a divide and rule system. Thus the youths, women and children are also the most affected, becoming refugees, widows and orphans. The destruction of villages also made the members of the local communities lost their means of livelihood. Thus there is so much hatred and poverty in the land, it becomes a land of destitutes, local warlords and crime. There are also widespread kidnappings and ransom takings by the local youths; they kidnapped oil workers and demand ransoms for their release.
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The Mbong Foundation intends to go into the communities in these six states to resolve the differences in the communities and make them live in peace with each other so that there can be meaningful developments in their communities. This involves tours, conferences, seminars, rallies and peace meetings with local chiefs, elders and kings. Trying to discover what the differences are and resolving them. This is no easy task, because there is much acrimony within the communities, so much hatred, which arises from killings of family members, destruction of whole villages and means of livelihood, ably funded by oil money.