GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has said that up to 20,000 Urhobo youths would be productively engaged in due course when new gas plants and industries commence operations in Urhoboland.
He said the state government was vigorously pursuing the process and urged Urhobo youth leaders, led by Ambassador Godwin Okporoko, who visited him in Warri to be patient, as his administration would empower Urhobo youths.
The youths had in a speech read by secretary of the Urhobo Youths National Assembly, Mr. Vincent Oyibode urged the governor to do something about joblessness and sufferings in the midst of plenty, saying that they were flabbergasted that government was showing more preference to militant youths than the law-abiding ones.
Governor Uduaghan disclosed that plan was afoot to inaugurate a forum where Urhobo youths would be trained on how to do genuine business in the oil and gas industry, adding, â€œNow, that there is local content Commission, there is hope for Urhobo youthsâ€.
He also told the youths who pledged their support for him for a second tenure that the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) would award contracts to qualified Urhobo youths to enable them fulfilled in life.