Tony Obiechina, Abuja
The Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has stressed the need for peaceful co-existence among the youths in the region.
The minister who stated this while playing host to members of Youth for Peace and Development in the Niger Delta in Abuja on Friday said the Federal Government would carry out a situation analysis on projects executed in the Region.
According to a statement by the ministry’s Spokesperson, Patricia Derworitshe, the minister stated that a critical assessment of the situation in the region will enable the government to assess the impact of activities and programmes in the region .
This, he maintained will enable him formulate new policy programmes in the drive to effectively address the challenges in the region
Senator Akpabio promised to visit each State in the region to assess the immediate situation on ground and report back to the President.
He also promised that everything would be put in place to ensure that the President commissions at least one key project in each State of the region in the next 24 months.
The minister pointed out that his appointment and that of Festus Keyamo, SAN was not a coincidence but rather a deliberate policy of Mr. President to appoint them as they are sons of the Region and therefore acquainted with the needs and expectations of the people.
Akpabio assured them that the President is committed to changing the face of the region and charged the Youths to take his message home “that the era of crying and suffering is over.”
The Chairman of the group, Youth for Peace and Development in Niger-Delta, Comrade Joseph Opuama, thanked Mr. President for the appointment of Sen. Akpabio and Mr. Festus Keyamo, to rescue the ugly situation facing the Niger-Delta region.
He appealed to the Minister to pay more attention to the East-West road, which according to him has become a death trap to the people of the region.
Comrade Opuama also called on the Minister to strengthen the process of human capital development and youth empowerment in the region.
The youth group pledged to cooperate with the Security Agencies to ensure that there is total peace in the region. Attachments area