Some elders and youth leaders from the nine states of the Niger Delta region have offered reasons why they threw their weight behind the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari over the recent approval for the recruitment and training of 10,000 youths from the region for Oil pipeline surveillance and protection jobs.
The Elders and Youths under the aegis of the Host Communities of Niger Delta (HOSTCOM) said though the approval from President Muhammadu Buhari is commendable, the decision will create a sense of inclusion, empowerment and reduce employment in the region.
According to HOSTCOM, though the training and recruitment exercise have been concluded, the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari to absorb the youths has dismised doubts over the sincerity of the Federal Government toward the peace process in the region.
Barr. Mac-Anthony Wariso, a member of HOSCOM from Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and the Clan Heads of the umbrella body of Ijaw Youths, told newsmen in Yenagoa, that the move by President Muhamadu Buhari has renewed the confidence of the people of the region in the sincerity of the present administration at fulfilling the peace deal promised after the tour of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Barr. Wariso, said ” The host communities want to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for the approval towards the recruitment of 10,000 youths from all oil bearing and host communities of the region. And also commend the National Chairman of HOSCOM for his dodgedness at securing such approval. “
“The recruitment will further reduce youth restiveness through gainful employment and engagement. As a member of HOSCOM, most of the youths being trained will become gainfuly employed and oil pipelines will be secured through proper community participation.”
“We urge the President to go further and accelerate the implementation of the approval made. It will go a long way at renewing the confidence of the people in the implementation of the Peace package promised the people of the region.”
Barr. Wariso also called on the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) led by Chief Edwin Clarke and other stakeholders from the region to support the decision of the Federal Government and allow peace to be sustained in the region.