ByÂ Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”TO effectively tackle the challenges of youth restiveness in the Niger Delta, all sectors of the society have been urged to come together to deal with the issue rather than leave it to government alone.
A former security chief and Chairman of Rivers State Social and rehabilitation Committee, Chief Albert Horsfall, gave this advice during the premier graduation of 299 militants that were reformed and retrained by his committee.
He said the corporate community should partner with government to address the challenge of youth restiveness.
Blaming the problem on failure of governance, inefficiency on the part of security agencies and what he termed the docile attitude of the society, Chief Horsfall called for a comprehensive plan for youths and children in the country.
According to him, the nation at the moment lacks a plan of this magnitude which would enable the youths contribute meaningfully to nation building.
â€œThere has been hardly any plan to create a meaningful future for the youths. Clearly define a role for the youth at various levels and stages so that they can mature into the position of succeeding the present generation.
â€œSuch a plan need not only focus on the children of the elite or about the elite, the middle and upper middle class. It should be so comprehensive a plan,â€ he said.
Chief Horsfall called on the federal government to create more states in the region so that the area could enjoy equal political opportunities with other sections of the country.
While also calling for the region to be allowed to produce a president for the country, Chief Hosfall advised that the percentage for revenue allocation due every revenue producing state in the country should be raised to 25 percent and later to 50 percent after five years, stressing that this would help to address challenges of underdevelopment