There is every likelihood that the new leadership of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) may bring peace to the volatile Niger delta region following its engagement with the youth population of the region.
This is coming on the heels of its recent partnership with the youths, especially the former Niger delta warlords who truncated peace and development in the heydays of militancy and oil bunkering.
Only last week, the former militants had a meeting with the Managing Director of the NDDC where president of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex- Agitators, Israel Akpodoro, was appointed to lead a discussion meeting on how to find lasting peace to the region and engage the youths.
A socio-political group, Egbesu United, based in Bayelsa state, is commending the move of the NDDC for what it described as the NDDC’s pains staking efforts in building a sustainable peace in the region and its alliance with the youths.
The ex-militants made the commendation in a statement after a meeting in Bayelsa state, signed by its spokesman, Ben Preye and made available to NAIJ.com on Monday, March 27, 2017.
The meeting which was coordinated by Akpodoro under the auspices of the Managing Director of the NDDC, Nsima Ekere, the former militants examined the roadmap geared towards making life better for the youths in the region including the former militants.
The group noted that time has come to deliver meaningful service to the people of the region through its productive youths, wondering why the youths remain the same after so many years of intervention by the federal government through the commission.
The former militants poured encomium on Ekere saying he has started well and will finish well if he continues the way he is going, stressing that Ekere’s board in less than six months in office has achieved more than what other boards before now failed to achieve for several years.
The ex-militants in the statement urged the commission to sustain its working relationship with Akpodoro, saying he has the capacity to lead them and brake even in the region.
“With the present administration of the commission, the economic future of the region is guaranteed. We are ready to key into the policies of this present administration especially those developmental policies that bother on the development of human capital and material resources in the region.
“We need a new lease of life, we the ex-militants need sustainable empowerment not by dishing out pittance to the people but by establishing us in trades that can better our lives.
“Poverty occasioned by unemployment has been a major tool of the elites against the youths of the region and we are happy that this board is prepared to fight poverty in its empowerment programs,” the statement read in part.
While calling on Akpodoro to lead the youths right, the former militants said as a multi – ethnic region, the Niger Delta youths needed common identification and an umbrella through which to interface with the federal government so as to sustain the existing peace in the region.
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