Youths from twenty ethnic groups in the Niger Delta Region under the aegis of Niger Delta Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Council have given oil companies operating in the region three months to relocate their operations headquarters to host communities.
The youths made this demand after electing new helmsmen to champion the affairs of the youth advocacy group in Uyo.
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A communique signed by Comr, Terry Obieh the President-General and Comr Bassey Henshaw -Secretary, states in part: ” the Federal government should compel oil companies to sign general MOU’s with communities, if they have not done so, to reduce the crisis between oil company and the communities”.
The council also called on the multinational oil companies, as directed by the federal government to immediately within three months of their notice, commence the relocation of their headquarters to their oil production base, to face their reaction.
On Edo elections, the council admonished the federal government to make sure there is free, fair and credible election in Edo state by ensuring that security personnel are deployed before, during and after the election to Foster peace order, and also called on the political parties to embrace peaceful electioneering conduct and making sure Edo State comes first in their actions and deeds, as well as calling on the youths of the state to shun election violence and adhere strictly to NCDC guideline.
It further appealed to the Federal Government to urgently develop an economic engagement of the Niger Delta Youths through existing projects, which will ultimately generate well over Five Hundred Thousand Jobs opportunity for the youths in the region and help in post covid-19 Economic developmental plans.
Examples of these projects are listed are: Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Delta State and Cross River State; The Maritime University in Delta State and Brass Fertilizer project in Bayelsa State; Reactivation of Calabar, Warri and Port Harcourt Sea Ports; Construction of Lagos/Calabar Rail Way, East West Road, Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene, Aba-Ikot Ekpene, Owerri-Port Harcourt, Isoko-Onitsha, Benin-Abuja and Calabar Itu Express way as well as the immediate commencement of exploiting the Bitumen reserve in Ondo State. And activation of Ibom deep seaport in Akwa Ibom State.
The Niger Delta Youth Group also demanded that the Federal Government commences social intervention programs to help reduce the pains and sufferings of the people as occasioned by the hike in Fuel/ Electric price.
They noted the election into various offices and informed that the appointees would steer the organization’s affairs for the next 36 months.
Other persons elected into the executive of the Niger Delta Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Council were: Comr Edward Odum -Vice President; Comr Enudi Marcus -PRO; Comr. Joseph Bassey Okon -Treasurer and Engr Ahanmisi Edeki-Organising Secretary.