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Chief Timipre Sylva

N/Delta youths seek FG’s support for Ministers to drive development of region

Chief Timipre Sylva

A coalition of Niger Delta youth groups on Tuesday applauded the pedigree of cabinet members from the region and urged the Federal Government to leverage on their competences to develop the area.

The groups, under the auspices of Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress (NDYPP), commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing credible and tested leaders from the Niger Delta to drive his development plans.

A statement signed by President of NDYCPP Pastor Olayinka Tiedor noted that the selection of competent hands was an indication of genuine intentions by the Federal Government for the Niger Delta.

“Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress thanks President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the appointment of well-grounded, distinguished sons of the Niger Delta, to his cabinet.

“These appointees are well-known high achievers, whose appointment brought about wide-spread jubilant excitement across party-divide on the length and breadth of the Niger Delta.

“Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, is remembered for midwifing the Amnesty programme which restored peace to the once restive region and as a Minister is better positioned to drive progress in the oil and gas space.

“With Senator Godswill Akpabio in charge of Niger Delta Ministry, he will reenact the infrastructural revolution that marked his tenure as Governor of Akwa Ibom being supported by Festus Keyamo, another patriot with passion for Niger Delta development.

“Also Rotimi Amaechi, well-loved by the youths of the Niger Delta, has made giant strides in the infrastructural rebirth of the once moribund Railways resulting to his reappointment to drive the policy on revitalizing the rail system to a logical conclusion,” NDYCPP stated.

The coalition pledged to collaborate with the Ministers to ensure that they are given a conducive environment to develop the region and appealed to Sylva to lead the way.

“Sylva should quickly convene a strategic youth stakeholders’ policy-dialogue to point the direction of Government clearly and assertively so that everyone would queue behind him to achieve set targets.

“Sylva has earned the respect of Niger Delta youths because he has manifest passion for their well-being and he can tackle youth involvement in vandalism of pipelines and other violent acts, disrupting the operations of oil companies in the Niger Delta.

“The dialogue can come up with clear policies and programmes that would stamp out violent behaviour from the creeks of the Niger Delta, by providing alternative legitimate means of livelihood for the people.

“Although it is still early, this is an auspicious time for him to engage the people to feel their pulse and tap from their pool of suggestions that could even turn things around for the good of all,” the youth group said.

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