By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Youth leaders from the ethnic nationalities in the nine states of the Niger Delta yesterday called on governors in the region to support the Federal Government’s efforts at resolving the contentious issues in the region with the establishment of an economic and political plan for the region’s development.
The youth leaders, under the aegis of Niger Delta Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council and attended by the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide; Urhobo Progress Union Youth Wing Worldwide; Itsekiri National Youth Council Worldwide; Ndokwa Youth Council Worldwide; Edo Youth Council Worldwide; Ikwerre Youth Council Worldwide; and Ibibio Youth Council Worldwide, among others, made their positions known at a meeting yesterday in Yenagoa.
President of the IYC, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, who briefed newsmen on the outcome of the meeting said: “The governors in the Niger Delta should do more in resolving the militancy and other criminal issues in the region. They should set up an economic plan to take the region out of the crises.
We are saying this because liberation itself cannot come from external but must be internally driven. What are the Niger Delta governors doing genuinely on their own part to resolve these crises? We are yet to see that kind of action on the part of the governors. Everybody is just waiting for the Federal Government. State governors in this region must meet, engage stakeholders and begin to resolve the problems.”