By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Niger Delta Concerned Youths for South-South (NDCYSS) and Iwere National Patriotic Front (INPF) yesterday faulted President Yar’ Adua policies as it affects the oil rich region, describing them as a manifestation of the hidden agenda of the North against the people.
The groups also faulted the downgrading of the old Petroleum Training Institute, in Delta State in favour of Kaduna Petroleum College, adding that â€œthe Federal Government should as well re-locate oil wells in the region to the North to complete the circle of domination and marginalisation.â€
Rising from an enlarged meeting of the NDCYSS in Warri, the over 5,000-member strong organization said it strongly supports the pull out decision of governors of the region from the Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty programme even as they condemned the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill now before the National Assembly.
The group, in a communiquÃ© signed by its President, Comrade Torunanaotu Mark, and two others, condemned the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill now before the National Assembly.
It called on the Federal Government to immediately withdraw all military personnel from the region to allow displaced persons go back to their various homes.
The INPF, on its part, described the PTI downgrading as the last leg of the hidden agenda of the North
In a statement signed by its National President, Mr. I.E.Ogharandukun and Secretary-General, Senior Apostle M.O. Egbejule, the group said all the obnoxious policies against the South-South was intended to humiliate the other part of the country.
It cited the transfer of the capital of the country to Abuja, building of refinery at Kaduna, laying of giant size pipelines from Escravos to Kaduna, building of International airport at Abuja, construction of massive 4-way lane expressway to the north as evidence of the plan to finally break away from the rest of the country with commanding heights, using the full compliment of military might with the cover of the Air-Force all located in the North.
The group called for the reversal of the PTI to its former status as approved by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as well as even spread of all the military formations in different parts of the country as against its present concentration in the Northern part of the country only.