The Niger Delta Youth Movement, NDYM, the umbrella body of all youth organizations in Nigeria’s oil-rich region, has received a boost from the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. The support for the NDYM was announced when the newly elected executive members of the youth group paid a courtesy visit to the board and management of the NDDC at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Addressing the youth leaders, drawn from the 9 states of the region, the NDDC Managing Director, Sir (Barr) Bassey Dan-Abia, said that the new executive of the NDYM would be given the necessary assistance to enable it take off on a sound footing. In this wise, he said that a bus would be released immediately to the group to facilitate its operations.
The NDDC boss commended the youths for holding a successful unity convention in Bayelsa State recently, noting that it was in the interest of the region that all youth groups were united. He said: “It is only when we are united that we can make progress. We all know that a house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Sir Dan-Abia told the youths not to allow their activism to dampen their support for the Federal Government, especially now that the price of crude oil in the international market had dropped drastically with its attendant economic consequences.
In his own remarks, the Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, advised the youths to maintain the spirit of unity which they had embraced, as that would pave way for success in their activities. He urged them to always be constructive in their engagements and demands for benefits from government and its agencies.
Senator Ewa-Henshaw said that sports should be used as a platform to further cement the unity among the youths. “I will like to see a situation where the youths are given opportunities to excel in different sporting activities like swimming and football,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the National President of NDYM, comrade Joe Jackson, applauded the NDDC for its various youth programmes. He pledged that the new leadership of the NDYM would collaborate with the commission to actualize it’s 3-point agenda of capacity building, wealth creation and employment generation for the youths of the Niger Delta region.
The NDYM president said that his executive was working out modalities for the protection of public infrastructure in the various communities from vandalism, adding that they would partner with other stakeholders to foster unity and sustainable peace in the region.
Comrade Jackson said that the NDYM had produced a proposal for sustainable empowerment of Niger Delta youths. He noted that the programme, expected to be sponsored by the NDDC, would train 20 youths from each state of the region in poultry and fish farming, as a way of engaging them meaningfully and empowering them.