Published On: Wed, Sep 20th, 2017


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Calls For Creation Of Viable Job Opportunities For The Youths

Worried by the adverse impact on the Niger Delta ecology, due to decades of oil exploration and production activities which have left a severely degraded environment in Niger Delta, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd.) has expressed the urgent need for the restoration of the creeks, lakes and water channels in the Niger Delta region to near pristine state, with a view to supporting the human population, indigenous wildlife and agriculture.

Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd.)

Gen. Boroh who stated this at the Niger Delta Dialogue meeting in Benin City on Monday, said “this may take a long term plan and could be the basis of training to create job opportunities for the youths who should be sensitized to check against conflicts, imbe peace building concepts to either rebuild or recreate a substantial part of their environment and their life”.

He said “although there is general irritation of the reduced inclusion of youths in the oil and gas economy, the accompanying loss of traditional economy, poor yields in agriculture and the various previously unknown hazards that are becoming threats, have generally increased the cost of living index in the region”

“There is need for collective efforts by all to ensure peace and stability of the Niger Delta in terms of socio-economic, socio-political and human capacity deployment, as well as the creation of alternative viable opportunities with sustainability of the environment”

“Though there is a proclamation of the cleaning up of the Niger Delta, commencing with Ogoni land, it should be aptly considered that the environmental cleanup should go beyond cleaning up and deal with issues of soil remediation with appropriate emulsifiers, forest regeneration and reintroduction of additional tropical forestry, either from the Congo basin or from the Amazon basin, including the reintroduction of indigenous wildlife and fish, inserts and wild flowers, as well as ensuring that the creeks, lakes and water channels are restored to near pristine state that will continue to support the wildlife of this environment” Gen. Boroh canvassed.

The Amnesty boss who identified uncontrolled natural gas flares, discharge of oil or its by-products, oil drilling, dredging of the swamp waters by oil multinationals for access to pipelines and facilities, including chemicals and wastes, which mainly occur through equipment failures, operational errors, or willful damage of pipeline vandals, as the main sources of environmental degradation in the region , called for concerted efforts on the part of stakeholders to proffer lasting solutions to the issues.

According to Gen. Boroh, the focus of the Presidential Amnesty Programme is anchored on deliberate building of human capacity among the youths through various educational and vocational skills trainings and empowerment programs to prepare them for development of the region in line with the federal government’s new vision for the Niger Niger Delta, maintaining that the present administration has demonstrated sufficient commitment to the peace, stability and sustainable development of the region.

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