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Put country first, Oshiomhole charges leaders

BENIN — Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that stakeholders in the Nigeria project have a duty to put the country first and mobilise the people for the task of nation building and national development.

The governor gave this advice in Benin, Wednesday,  while declaring open a three-day orientation programme for youths in the Niger-Delta, organised by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

SUMMIT: Governor Adams Oshiomhole (left) and Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), during the summit titled "Beyond Amnesty: Towards New Roles and Involvement for Youths in the Development of the Niger Delta," in Benin recently.
SUMMIT: Governor Adams Oshiomhole (left) and Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), during the summit titled "Beyond Amnesty: Towards New Roles and Involvement for Youths in the Development of the Niger Delta," in Benin recently.

He said Nigeria could be reconstructed to guarantee enough for everybody without some sections oppressing or dis-empowering the others.

Insisting that amnesty and disarmament were not ends in themselves, the governor noted that they provide auspicious context needed for a consensual resolution of the Niger-Delta crisis.

The governor advised stakeholders to re-strategize towards evolving a holistic solution to the Niger Delta crisis, as the nation works towards rehabilitation of militants and their subsequent re-integration into productive civil life.

Comrade Oshiomhole recalled that several rallies were organized around the agenda of resource control, explaining that labour made a passionate case for massive injection of federal funds to redress the severe infrastructural and human development deficits, especially poverty and unemployment.

He said if the nation had taken this required constitutional and other measures, the nation would have been spared the cycle of violence and restiveness.

Also speaking, the President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Abdul Waheed Omar, said the orientation programme was specifically designed for stakeholders to brainstorm and articulate a well informed, coherent, realistic, community-friendly and an implementable plan for the Niger-Delta.

Omar argued that though amnesty has its merits, the measure was short- term and could not comprehensively address the Niger-Delta question which is related to issues of rights, equity, development and peace.


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