- The federal government has called on Niger Delta youths to make use of their skills
- It warned that oil will not exist forever
- It advised that skills acquired will be able to sustain them even when oil is no more
The federal government has sent a vital message to Niger Delta youths that they should be prepared for the future as oil will dry up one day.
According to report, Rtd Gen Paul Boro who is the presidential adviser on the Amnesty Programme gave this advice to beneficiaries of the amnesty programme.
Boro spoke at the United Nations 2017 International Youth Day where he urged the youths to make the best use of their skills as oil will not be available forever.
He said: “Since it has become clear that oil will not last forever, there is need to prepare the youths for the future.”
He said the federal amnesty programme had the mandate to train 30,000 youths and that 16,000 have already been trained.
Oliver Wolugbom who is the Rivers state director of the National Orientation Agency expressed worry over the increase in youth engagement in thuggery and kidnapping.
He said: “It is equally a source of concern that all the centrifugal forces such as separatist movements by ethnic bodies and their accompanying hate speeches are being bandied by the youths.
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“For peace to be built in the society, the youths must be properly positioned while the leadership re-strategise to plan.”
Meanwhile, leaders of the Pan Niger Delta Forum including Chief Edwin Clark and HRH King Alfred Diete-Spiffere, were bashed for using the forum to seek political relevance and bounce back to life financially, by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
According to reports, MEND made its comments in a statement signed by its spokesman Jomo Gbomo, on Sunday August 13.
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