Amidst the continued destruction of national assets, especially bombing of oil pipelines by agrieved Niger Delta youths under the umbrella of the Niger Delta Avengers as well as other militant groups, the Federal Government have called on them to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
In line with this, the Ministries of Niger Delta Affairs and Youths and Sports, in collaboration with St. Georges UK, are sending 100 Niger Delta youths to European countries for a programme tagged “Train and Engage”, The Nation reports.
This was disclosed by Mr. Usani Usani, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, who also said that the ministry is set to address the major problems confronting the region. He said:
“No fewer than 100 Niger Delta youths will be sent abroad for training as we have entered training agreements with various European institutions, including United Kingdom, for that purpose.
“The trainees would be readily absorbed and constructively engaged upon completion of their studies abroad.”
Speaking further to newsmen on Thursday, in Abuja, the Minister said that the trainees would be readily absorbed and constructively engaged upon completion of their studies abroad, adding that the local content office of the Africa House in UK had entered into collaboration with the ministry to train the Niger Delta youths on NV Q Model Design.
According to him, “NV Q Model Design is to train the youths in oil and gas industry need basis and youths from the Niger Delta will be given that special training”.
The Minister, therefore, appealed to the angry Niger Delta youths to put a stop to destruction of national assets and embrace peace, adding “we can together achieve much in peace than in war.”
It can be recalled that the Nigerian Government is already having discussions with relevant stakeholders from the region on how to end vandalisation of oil pipeline and other infrastructure in the region.