Ijaw Youths from the Nine States of the Niger Delta region has raised an alarm over the rising restlessness and impatience over the Federal Government delay on the actualisation of the pact signed with Niger Delta people on Peace and development of the region.
According to the Ijaw Youths, under the aegis of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) worldwide, said though the people of the region appeared peaceful and calm, the people of the region are becoming agitated and angry over the failure of Federal Government to ensure theimmediate commencement of academic activities at the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State and the actions towards addressing the problem of local refineries so as to economically engage the local people involve including building of modular refineries.
Also listed as the souce of rising dissent among the Niger Delta people are the immediate relocation of the corporate headquarters of oil companies to the Niger Delta and the Ogoni clean-up in Rivers State.
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), in a statement issued by the President, Barr. Eric Omare, stated that “as the federal government through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs set to hold its 2nd Regular meeting of the National Council on Niger Delta in Akure, Ondo State from the 7th to 14th of September, 2017, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide says that what is needed now in the Niger Delta region to sustain the existing peace is action towards implementation of the promises made to the region and not endless meetings and rhetoric.”
“It would be recalled that at the height of the renewed militancy, the leaders and stakeholders of the region intervened and the militants declared ceasefire with promise on the part of the federal government to address some short term needs of the region such as immediate commencement of academic activities at the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, actions towards addressing the problem of local refineries so as to economically engage the local people involve including building of modular refineries.
“The immediate relocation of the corporate headquarters of oil companies to the Niger Delta, Ogoni clean-up among other promises by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on behalf of the federal government. However, it is sad to note that no action has been taken in any of these promises.”
“Whereas academic activities are supposed to commence at the maritime university in the September 2017 academic session but nothing concrete has been done towards commencement of academic activities. The federal government has failed to release fund for the purpose of recruitment of academic and non-academic staff, admission of students and other steps towards commencement of academic activities”
“In the same vein, there is no step towards the relocation of the corporate headquarters of multinationals to the Niger Delta region, establishment of modular refineries and economic empowerment of local people involved in local refinery in the Niger Delta region. Even the most important federal road in the Niger Delta region, the East West Road is now impassable.”
The IYC stated that “the people of the Niger Delta are running out of patience with the endless meetings and rhetoric without result. What we need in the Niger Delta now is action and result rather than meetings. The federal government should release funds for the maritime university to commence academic activities; multinationals should commence the process of relocation of their headquarters to the Niger Delta region.”
“Ogoni clean-up should be funded and handled with the seriousness it deserves, local refiners should be empowered with the enabling technology and resources, the East West Road should be completed and above all, any meeting or discussion on the Niger Delta should be geared towards addressing the resource control and ownership question so as to have lasting peace in the Niger Delta region.”
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