Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
Niger Delta youths are poised to embrace agriculture as a means of empowerment and contributing positively to the society. President of the Niger Delta Youth Movement, NDYM, Comrade Joe Jackson announced when he led the newly executive members of the group on a courtesy call on the management and board of the commission. Jackson disclosed that the NDYM had produced a proposal for sustainable empowerment of Niger Delta youths.
According to Jackson, the programme, expected to be sponsored by the NDDC, would train 20 youths from each state of the region in poultry and fish farming, as a way of engaging them meaningfully and empowering them. The National President of NDYM praised the NDDC for its various youth programmes and pledged that the new leadership of the NDYM would collaborate with the commission to actualize its 3-point agenda of capacity building, wealth creation and employment generation for the youths of the Niger Delta region.
Jackson explained that his executive was working out modalities for the protection of public infrastructure in the various communities from vandalism, and promised that they would partner with other stakeholders to foster unity and sustainable peace in the region. Addressing the youth leaders, drawn from the 9 states of the region, the NDDC Managing Director, Sir Bassey Dan-Abia, promised that the new executive of the NDYM would be given the necessary assistance to enable it take off on a sound footing and announced that a bus would be released immediately to the group to facilitate its operations.
The NDDC boss commended the youths for holding a successful unity convention in Bayelsa State recently, and observed that it was in the interest of the region that all youth groups were united. According to Dan-Abia, “It is only when we are united that we can make progress. We all know that a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Dan-Abia charged the youths not to allow their activism to dampen their support for the Federal Government, especially now that the price of crude oil in the international market had dropped drastically with its attendant economic consequences. Also speaking,, the Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, advised the youths to maintain the spirit of unity which they had embraced, as that would pave way for success in their activities. He urged them to always be constructive in their engagements and demands for benefits from government and its agencies.