Andah John with agency reports
As part of efforts aimed at resolving violence in the region, the Federal Government plans to utilise the Centre for Peace at the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
The Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs Prof. Claudius Daramola disclosed this an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
Daramola is confident that a proactive measure, such as this, would halt further breakdown of law and order. He also believes the action would reduce tension and agitation among the people of the region.
Peace is vital
He then called for the promotion of peaceful co-existence as it stimulates development.
“Peace is an essential ingredient in any society for meaningful development to take place.
“The challenges facing the Niger Delta are enormous and would require patience, as well as a systematic approach in resolving them and the present government is already doing that.”
Buhari’s agenda for Niger Delta
The minister noted President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda for the area. He said the president had undertaken programmes targeted at resolving the socio-political and economic needs of the region’s population. Daramola made particular reference to the youths.
“One of such programmes is the training and empowerment of youths in various vocations and the establishment of skill acquisition centres for the training and empowerment of Niger Delta Youths in the nine states of the region.”
He then, advised youths to resist any temptation that could undermine their future and the socio-economic life in the Niger Delta.
The minister further said it was the region’s collective responsibility to take appropriate actions against vandalism.
To engage stakeholders
“The Federal Government will continue to engage stakeholders at the community level as a panacea for resolving conflicts in order to create a conducive environment to fast track the development of the region.
“A meeting of stakeholders at the level of communities is indispensable as the country is faced with renewed issues of youth restiveness, pipeline vandalism, kidnapping, cultism, oil theft, and other politically motivated vices.
“We hope to use such platforms to interact directly with the grassroots for sustainable peace in the region.
“In any given society, the role of local communities is crucial in enhancing peace, growth and development.”
Further more, Daramola said the ministry has the support of the president.