By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”NIGER-DELTA youth and community leaders have suggested that the protection and security of oil installations in the creeks should be handed over to the core host communities by the government.
They also canvassed that the leadership of each community should be held responsible in the case of any vandalization or illegal disruption of operations of the oil companies in the area.
The call was contained in a communiquÃ© issued at the end of a two-day sensitization workshop by the Niger-Delta Re-Orientation Project, in collaboration with Taiwo Adewole and Associates in Warri, Delta state, for youth and community leaders in the region.
Some of those who attended were the president- general of Udu Youths, Comrade Vincent Oyibode, national youth coordinator, Odidi kingdom, Mamamu Y. E, vice chairperson of Ijaw Youth Council, Taylor Beauty, chairman of Mein Cluster, H. Robert, youth leader, Gbaramatu kingdom, Famutua Felix and others.
They also resolved that the Joint Task Force (JTF) on the Niger-Delta should be withdrawn from the Niger-Delta, especially Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta state for normalcy to return.
â€œMore industries should be sited at the oil-producing communities, which will lead to rapid development of the rural communities.
There should be fair/equal employment opportunities for host communities by the government and oil companies; orientation and sensitization workshops should be organized in the core host communities on regular basisâ€, they said.
They also called for provision of free education to all at all levels and international scholarship for deserving indigenes of host communities and establishment of higher institutions such as universities, polytechnics, colleges of education in the oil-producing riverine communities, relocation of operational headquarters of oil majors to the Niger-DeltaÂ and creation of more states and local governments in the region.