Youths from oil and gas producing communities of the Niger Delta region have proffered solution to the increasing cases of pipeline vandalisation and attacks on oil and gas facilities, asking the federal government to adopt a community oriented oil facilities surveillance scheme all over the region.
The youths, made their position known during an interactive session between youth leaders and representatives of the Capt. Hosa Okunbor owned Ocean Marine Solutions Limited on campaign against attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region.
The interactive session, which took place in Warri, Delta State had youths drawn from different oil and gas producing, and impacted communities to brainstorm on how best to tackle the problem of destruction of oil facilities.
Among the Youth Leaders who spoke at the occasion are the president of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide, Mr Eric Omare, Itsekiri National Youth Council (INYC) president, Agbateyinro Weyinmi and others including youth leaders from Urhobo, Ndokwa, Isoko and other ethnic nationalities of the Niger Delta region.
The youth leaders in their respective submissions argued that the best way to protect oil and gas facilities is to actively engage the youths from the different communities in the protection of oil and gas facilities sited in their communities instead of spending so much money on the conventional security agencies.
The youths,who also commended the Ocean Marine Solutions and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in adopting the community oriented approach to the protection of oil facilities in some parts of the Niger Delta region especially parts of Delta State by employing a lot of youths to protect oil facilities, said the strategy has proven to be effective rather than paying so much money to the security agencies without any significant result.
The Niger Delta youths therefore called on the NNPC and the federal government to channel the money being spent on security agencies in the protection of oil and gas facilities to community youths so as to constructively engage the youths and prevent them from engaging in negative vices.
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