A group, Delta Elites Association, has called on oil prospecting companies to be more realistic in their dealings with indigenes of host communities.
The group, which spoke through its Spokesman, Evangelist Flourish Agoda, at its monthly briefing at Ughelli, Delta State, noted that oil communities, in connivance with the government, have not been fair in their welfare approaches to host communities.
The group lamented that a lot of training programmes by the oil films were mere window dressing meant to deceive indigenes of the host communities and to subtly fill the key positions with non-indigenes.
The group said:Â Â â€œOur boys should be trained in relevant courses and trades that will enable them occupy key positions as well as engage them in occupations of empowerment in order to reduce youth restiveness and other forms of agitations in the Niger Delta.
â€œImagine a situation where our people are offered training programmes in agriculture and artisanship without either a back-up or followÂ up on the graduates of these programmes, whereas vacancies in these oil companies are occupied through the back-door unadvertised. It is a slap on the intelligence of our people.â€
The group also asked Nigerians to pray for President Umaru Musa Yar-Adua, noting that he deserves prayers as a man of truth and principle.
The group said the presidentâ€™s wisdom in ending the Niger Delta crisis, especially giving oil communities 10 percent of the nations oil revenue, was a major landmark in the countryâ€™s history, pointing out that the 7- point agenda of the federal government was another laudable vision the president had initiated.
It enjoined NigeriansÂ to also pray for the Vice-President,Â Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to be granted the wisdom to steer the ship of the country in the right direction, as the president recuperates abroad.
The group resolved to throw its weight behind Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghanâ€™s second term bid in order to actualize the governmentâ€™s 3-point agenda to the fullest, but advised the governor to remain focused and work with men of impeccable characters and integrity.
â€œThere is so much to talk about in terms of infrastructural and human capital development, apart from the prevailing peace that the government of Uduahgan has brought about,â€ said the group.