…As Sports Minister Assures Of Urgent Government Attention
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare has assured Niger Delta youths that their grievances would be tabled at the Federal Executive Council meeting for concrete action.
The minister stated this while speaking during a town hall meeting weekend in Asaba, In continuation of his consultative meeting across the country, where He promised the youths that He would ensure that all the issues raised are tabled before the Federal Executive Council as well as the Ministers involved properly briefed adding that Government is aware of the issues raised by the youths, While some are being addressed by President Mohammadu Buhari through various youth – based programmes, others are already taken care of.
“Everything has a process and we must be patient and allow government attend to the issues raised which include lack of adequate access to information about opportunities for the youths, bad roads, power and lopsided appointment at the Federal Executive Council .
According to one of the youths Frank Pukon who spoke on behalf of Ijaw Youth Ethnic Nationalities while commending the Minister’s efforts, said
“Government must do something urgently about their needs which include; access to the internet, new policies that can help create jobs and end oil theft, degradation and joblessness in the region.
Other demands are re-activation of abandoned road projects and the deep sea port, revival of Federal Maritime College, remove monopoly of refineries put the existing refineries back into operations so as to enjoy peace and Progress in the Niger Delta.
While also lamenting that “Majority of the states are not viable Okonta Donalds said the States in the South South are producing oil, they is urgent need to relocate the offices of the oil producing companies to the region. There should be a review of the sharing formula of oil revenue. The people are living in abject poverty despite producing the wealth of the nation.
“Food insecurity is alarming The Lawmakers should enact a law that would accommodate at least 40% youths in the cabinet. He must create space for the Nigerian Youth so that we can be part of Government.
“Government must address the problem of power Without power, the system cannot work. “Nigeria must be restructured in line with the promise of the Government of President Mohammadu Buhari during his campaigns to Nigerians.
Youth Investment Fund should be reviewed upward N75B is too small for Nigeria Youths who constitute the larger Nigerian population Monitoring of budget implementation committee that would ensure compliance with budget implementation should be given priority.