By Daniel Gumm
WARRI—YOUTH leaders in the Niger Delta on the platform of Niger Delta Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders, have called on the Federal Government to urgently embark on the construction of Gas Revolution Industrial Park, GRIP Project, Ogidigben, Delta State, Export Processing Zone, Cross River State, Brass Fertilizer Project in Bayelsa State and the Nigerian Maritime University, NMU, in Warri South-West Local Government Area in Delta State.
The group also called for the reactivation of Calabar, Warri and Port Harcourt sea ports as well as the construction of Lagos-Calabar rail line among others, saying the projects are capable of generating over 500,000 job opportunities for youths in the region.
The youth leaders made the demands, weekend, in a communiqué issued in Warri, Delta State, after an extensive closed door meeting.
The communiqué read by the President of Itsekiri National Youth Council, INYC, Esimaje Awani, also urged the Federal Government to complete the East-West Road, Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Road as well as the inclusion of all ethnic national youth leaders in the proposed dialogue to permanently end bombing and vandalism of critical national crude oil and gas pipelines “because we are most vulnerable.”
They called on all agitating groups to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance, even as they appealed to the Federal Government to release the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, and Shite leader, El Zakzaky.
The communiqué signed by President of Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri, President of Isoko Youth Council, Victor Egbo, President of Ikwerre Youth Council, Edward Odum, President of Itsekiri National Youth Council, Esimaje Awani, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, among others, called for the political inclusion of youths in government.
President of Ibibio Youth Council, Imoh Stephen Okiko, President of Kalabari Youth Foundation, Engr. Damigie Pharry and President of Efik Youth Council, Capt. Bassey Henshaw among others, called for the political inclusion of youths in government.
Speaking earlier, President of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Comrade Udengs Eradiri posited that the Amnesty Programme, NDDC and other key interventionist agencies in the Niger Delta are under-funded, just as he tasked the Federal Government to be more decisive in the implementation of its programmes and policies in a bid to tackle the present economic realities.
Vanguard reports that Youth Presidents from about 25 ethnic Nationalities cutting across Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo and Abia States make up the Niger Delta Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders’ Forum.