Youths under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Leaders Assembly (NDYLA) including ex-militants and non-militant youths on Tuesday applauded the proposal by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu for his efforts to restore peace to the region.
They pledged to work with Dr Kachikwu to enable him to achieve President Buhari’s new roadmap for the oil sector and the Niger Delta.
This endorsement is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of body’s strategic meeting held in Yenegoa, the Bayelsa capital.
The communiqué was jointly signed by Mr Amaibi Hornby and Mr Kenedy West for NDYLA.
NDYLA said the meeting brainstormed on how to fashion out proactive approach toward sustaining the already existing peace in the region.
It said the meeting also appraised the achievements recorded by Dr Kachikwu and the GMD NNPC.
The group noted that the duo have worked hard to ensure that the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari for the Niger Delta region was brought to fruition.
According to the communiqué, Kachikwu in addition to instituting reforms that have positively repositioned the oil industry, has also made conscious efforts to rally his kinsmen toward restoring peace in the troubled region.
“As youth leaders in the Niger Delta, we are fully aware of the steps taken by the Petroleum Minister to restore sanity in the oil and gas sector.
“The successful launch of the “7 bigwins” a new oil sector roadmap which identifies the development of the Niger Delta as crucial to the progress of the petroleum sector.
“Efforts by the minister to revamp the nation’s ailing refineries are also a big plus.
“We also appreciate the minister for championing the China, India, Eni deals which will create employment for thousands of skilled and unskilled youths across the region,’’ the communiqué said.
They, then, commended the ongoing fact finding tour by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo to the states in the Niger Delta, with the aim of having firsthand knowledge of the peculiar nature of the oil producing areas of the region.
According to them, the tour which has been made possible as result of the series of earlier consultations by the petroleum minister will facilitate the peace process in the Niger Delta.
The Youth leaders, however, want extension of the visit to Bayelsa and Rivers to enable him get to receive firsthand information on the situation in strategic oil communities such as Koluama, Brass, Ezetu, Sangana, Bonny, Soku and Omoku.
The Youth Leaders appealed to President Buhari to speed up the inauguration of the Dialogue Committee to demonstrate his administration’s seriousness toward restoring peace in the region.
They maintained that their objective was to transform Nigeria’s oil industry while taking into consideration of their needs to speed up human and infrastructure development of the region that lays `the golden eggs’. ##