Presidency Speaks On Youth Employment
Prof. Charles Dokubo, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Matters and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), has stated that peace can only come to the region of Niger Delta and Gulf of Guinea if only the youths in the region can be proved employment.
He stated this while speaking at the distribution of start-up parks to 150 trained ex-agitators of the Niger Delta enlisted in the PAP at Boro Town, Kaiama, in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Dokubo said that the fastest and easiest way to guarantee peace in the region along Niger Delta and Gulf of Guinea routes is gainful employ youths.
He stated that the Federal Government had invested heavily in training the former creek warlords through the amnesty programme in some of the best schools and vocational training facilities both in Nigeria and abroad.
“However, we have realised that it is dangerous to train persons and then leave them idle.
“The provision of jobs and empowerment for the youths of the Niger Delta must be a collective effort by all stakeholders; federal, state and local governments; oil and gas multinationals as well as other service providers in the region,” Dokubo said.
The presidential adviser called on the oil and gas firms in the region to work on their corporate social responsibility profile so as to reduce poverty, improve social capital, and promote economic development and wealth creation.
He also stated that the oild revenue should used to improve the economy, create employment and a better standard of living for the youths in the country.
Dokubo stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is concern about the peace in the Niger Delta and pleaded with the people not to alter the peace in the region.
Gabriel Amadi, one of the beneficiaries of the PAP who trained in fisheries in 2016, said he had been empowered by the programme as he had also diversified into poultry farming and currently has over 300 birds in his farm.