By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”THE National chairman of Urhobo National Youth Council, UNYC, Comrade Monday Oyeghe, has expressed pessimism over the government amnesty granted to the Niger Delta militants insisting that youth empowerment and physical development of the oil rich region were the only panacea to the problems bedeviling the region.
He also advocated the need to zone the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the South-South geo-political zone in 2015.
Oyeghe, who was fielding questions from Vanguard in Ughelli, Delta State, at the weekend, noted that the amnesty in itself was not a guarantee to the development that the people of the region have been agitating for.
He enjoined the Federal Government to take urgent steps towards the implementation of a well mapped out post-amnesty plan and lamented that the people of the region have been wallowing in abject poverty as a result of successive governmentsâ€™ insincerity and lack of political will to initiate policies that could pave the way for speedy socio-economic transformation of the region.
The UNYC National President further enjoined the Federal Government to embark on the implementation of the recommendations of the Niger Delta Technical Committee and raised an alarm over the possibility of dumping the report into the garbage bin like previous reports on the way forward for the region.
Oyeghe held that a President from the Niger Delta extraction would accelerate the development of the region, noting that people from the South-South alone could appreciate the extent of impoverishment and environmental degradation that the decades of oil exploration has foisted on the people.