Ijaw youths, Niger Delta Avengers differ on govt modular refinery policy
The Federal Government’s policy on converting illegal refineries, run by some youths in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria is the surest way to reduce tension in the region, so said Ijaw youths, under the aegis of Ijaw Youth Council(IYC).
Towards achieving this goal, the IYC President, Eric Omare, said his group had thrown its weight behind modular refinery policy of the government as it will not only return lasting peace but will sold most of the environmental challenges posed by local refineries in the region.
But the Niger Delta Avengers, in its reaction to the government programme said there are nothing on the ground to prove that government is serious with finding lasting peace in the region as long as the security operatives are still destroying refineries facilities of the youths of the area.
It said that the group is still giving peace a chance , but has limit to its patience.
However, addressing the media in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, he said: “The reason we, the Niger Delta people, are interested in it is because the concept offers solution to our environmental challenges posed by local refinery with the added advantages of skills acquisition and empowerment towards resolving the conflict and security issues so as to achieve security and sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.
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“However, the point must be made that the idea of modular refinery and palliatives is not the ultimate solution to the Niger Delta agitation.
“The ultimate solution to the Niger Delta agitation lies in addressing the question of resource control and management.”
He appealed to the Federal Government to allow the people of the region to source for investors, noting that they have the capacity as demonstrated by the Gbaramatu example which has pooled enormous resources for the Gbaramatu refinery.