Obaseki attributes accurate data collation, statistics to Niger Delta restiveness
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday identified coordinated approach of accurate data and statistics of communities to pivotal of resolving youth’s restiveness and enhances human capacity development in the Niger-Delta region. The governor also expressed the determination of his administration to curb youth restiveness and build their capacity through technical and vocational training.
Obaseki who make the remark in Benin- City when playing host to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Gen Paul Boro explained that the state is anxious to calm the restiveness in the various communities.
“We are anxious to ensure that we calm the restiveness in our different communities. Fortunately, we in Edo don’t discriminate. We have an all-encompassing programme that will accommodate everybody. The state government is determined in its resolve to collaborate with the Presidential Amnesty Programme on Niger Delta to achieve its purpose for the region.
“We will take special interest in the oil producing areas because of the neglect of the past. We will be very keen on working with you particularly on data and statistics for those communities, so that we can, working with your programme, pull the available resources together from the oil companies, donor agencies, the World Bank programme for a coordinated approach to the challenges, particularly human capacity development.”
“As you are also aware, our focus is shifting heavily towards technical and vocational training. We are working very hard to strengthen our technical colleges. This is an area we would like to cooperate with you.
“We want to assure you that we understand and appreciate the leadership role Edo is supposed to play or has traditionally played in the sub-region, and the role of this government is to re-enforce that and make sure that we continue to be the hub that brings the sub-region together,” he said.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Paul Boroh said he was in the state as part of the continuation of the relationship between the state towards ensuring stability in the region as well as particularly to re-instate thirteen thousand ex-agitators that were captured in the programmes.
“We are here from the presidential amnesty office as a continuation of the relationship we have with Edo State as one of our strategic partners towards ensuring stability in the Niger Delta Region and particularly to re-instate thirteen thousand ex-agitators that are captured in the programme.
“It is an ongoing programme that I took over in July last year – about thirteen thousand of the ex-agitators are left to be trained and empowered, but I am happy to say that Edo State is in partnership with us to train and empower one thousand ex-agitators from the ANCHOR borrowers’ initiative of the Central Bank”.
“I think it is a milestone towards the resolution of the conflict in the Niger Delta because, if as many as one thousand persons are captured in terms of development in their skills and they are out of the creeks, it will encourage others who are still in the creeks to have hope that someday, they too will benefit from this gesture, which is one of the best alternatives to revamping our economy.
“From time to time, the presidential amnesty office will be coming here to meet with leaders of the ex-agitators, and we shall be informing you each time we want to come. We are doing that because it is one of the safest states in the Niger Delta. This morning, we shall be empowering some of the ex-agitators in agriculture,” he added.
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