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Here’s what Ijaw youths want of Buhari for oil to flow



To ensure that the crude oil which is the country’s main resource base continues to flow, youths of the Niger Delta area have called on the president elect, Muhammadu Buhari to sustain the Presidential Amnesty Programme for former agitators in the region.

President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Mr. Udengs Eradiri, who gave the advice at a news conference in Abuja, said this is what will sustain the existing peace in the Niger Delta, to increase oil production.

“The Presidential Amnesty Programme for Ex-Agitators in the Niger-Delta region, which has greatly contributed to the sustenance of peace in the Niger-Delta region, should be sustained by the incoming administration.

“President Jonathan’s extra-ordinary peace building efforts in the Niger-Delta region is responsible for the resultant increase in oil production and increased oil revenue,’’ Eradiri said.

He urged the incoming government to fund and strengthen the existing federal structures set up to develop the Niger-Delta region such as the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Niger-Delta Ministry.

“It should also address the general environmental remediation in other parts of the region which are affected by environmental degradation,’’ Eradiri said.

According to him, the recommendations of the National Confab should be implemented by the incoming government to deepen the federal system of government where the federating units will develop at their own pace.

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