Empower The Youths And Act Now on Niger Delta Militancy, Biafra Agitation,Herdsmen Militancy

By Japhet Omene

The Organisation For Global Youth Peace, Empowerment And Development Initiative (OGYPEDI) is firmly committed to its core mandate of advocacy for youth empowerment, peace and good governance at various levels of government in the country.

This position was reiterated by the group national coordinator Mr Emmanuel Japhet Omene in Warri during an interactive meeting of the group with some youth groups in the Niger Delta as part of activity to round up the group national executive 3 day working visit to the state.

Mr Omene assured the youths that OGYPEDI will continue to engage the government and all concern stakeholders in the area of youth empowerment as youth empowerment has been referred to as 'the gateway to intergenerational equity, civic engagement and democracy'.

In the same vein, the group used the occasion to call on the federal government to take more seriously the issue of security and youth empowerment in the country, according to the group national PRO Mr Michael Ipheghe' OGYPEDI appreciates the gains made by the federal government so far in the war against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East however, it is of great concern to us that the failure of the government up till date to find a lasting solution to the Biafran agitation, the Niger Delta unrest and the incessant Fulani herdsmen/farmers clash in the country may pose a serious threat to the promotion or sustenance of peace in the country at large'.

In attempt to find a lasting solution to the militancy in the Niger Delta region, we are advocating that the federal government should do things differently this time around and avoid the mistakes of past administrations whereby few individuals and self acclaimed stakeholders in the region were empowered and induced with money and contracts.

It has been evidenced by recent happenings that the aforementioned approach has failed to bring about the much desired peace and stability in the region so therefore,it would be an effort in futility to use the same approach as no one expects to do things the same way and expect different results.

We recommend that the federal government swiftly embark on developmental projects and infrastructural development of the region as well as set in motion various youths empowerment and capacity developmental programs for youths in the Niger Delta region.

Michael Ipheghe
National PRO (OGYPEDI)
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