By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”Niger Delta Youth Movement (NDYM), the umbrella youth organization of all youth bodies in the region, weekendÂ threw its weight behind the South-South governors on their demand thatÂ royalties should also be paid to the oil producing communities and the states,Â as it is to the Federal Government.
NDYM, in a communiquÃ© issued at the end of its National Executive Council meetingÂ in Warri, Delta State, said after carefully studying the Petroleum Industry Bill, it was convinced that if properly reviewed, it had the potential of benefitting the people of oil producing communities.
It declared in the communiquÃ© signed by the National President, Prince Ajulisan Akumagba and National Secretary Moses Omo-Ikirodah, that the group was in support of the amnesty offer of the government, but observed that the programme has not made enough provision for the welfare of repentant militants.
The group also admonished the federal government to demonstrate its sincerity and honesty in the amnesty programme by immediately embarking upon massive development and employment of the youths of the region.
NDYM also advised the federal government to put machinery in motion to resume the consultative stakeholdersâ€™ meeting with youths and opinion leaders in the region, as was the case in the Chief Olusegun Obasanjoâ€™s administration.
â€œThe NDYM, in unmistakable terms, condemns the attempt by some unscrupulous politicians to politicize the amnesty package, with a view to taking advantage of it during the 2011 general electionâ€, it stated.
The group congratulated the chairman and members of the Board of the NDDC, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Timi Alaibe, and Chairman Board of Niger Delta Basin Development Authority, Chief Emmanuel Agwariavwodo, on their well deserved appointments.