By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”AHEAD of the 2011 general election, Chairman of Ndokwa East Local Government Council, Delta State, Elder Chike Ugwumadu, has charged Nigerian youths to shun vices that could threaten the peace and tranquility of the country.
Ugwumadu, who gave the charge during the inauguration the Ndokwa Youth Association, NEYA, told the youths to embrace peace in their quest for better deal for their communities.
According to the council boss who was represented by Mr Chijoke Nwanze, Chairman of Abala Uno Development Union, the future of the country is in the hands of the youths. He enjoined them to be constructive in their agitations and promised to support the youths at all times.
The commissioner representing the area in the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Mr Austin Ogbolu advised the youths against being used as electoral thugs in the forthcoming elections.
He urged them to allow their votes to count as leaders of tomorrow and told them to always channel their grievances to the appropriate quarters, saying that was the only way violence could be avoided in the course of youth struggle.
In his address the newly elected president general of the group, Comrade Amechi Asugwuni said the group was determined to contribute its quota towards ensuring the rapid development of the local government area.
Asugwuni called on the state government to ensure that the area was not neglected in the implementation of the post amnesty programme, decrying that there were no visible NDDC project in the area despite the enormous contribution of the area to the economy of the nation.
According to him, oil exploration in the area has negatively affected the economic well being of the people of the area and stressed the need for the council area to be given its fair share in the scheme of things in the NDDC.
He also called on the Nigerian Agip Oil Company to align itself with the federal governmentâ€™s directive on the post amnesty programme.