The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has said that it is not aware that any youth from the oil-rich region is being trained by the Niger Delta Ministry
Rowland Pereotubo Oweilaemi, the IYC President General, while reacting to reports credited to Pastor Usani Uguru, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, that his ministry has trained about 730 youths, described that claim as a mystery.
Oweilaemi, in a statement made available to DAILY INDEPENDENT on Monday, said: “While we do not want to fault the minister’s claim as such is within his knowledge, our concern is the authenticity of such initiative.
“It may be true that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs is actually training such number youths in the region in different fields, we make bold to say that the programme, if any, is shrouded in secrecy.”
Oweilaemi said that as the President-General of one of ethnic nationalities in the region, he was not aware that youths from the various ethnic groups in the region were being engaged by the ministry for different vocational trainings.
He said: “IYC wants to know the Ijaw youths across the six states in the Niger Delta that have benefited from the programme. The council also wishes to know the criteria the ministry used in selecting such persons for the training.
“Though we will not hesitate to applaud the ministry if the IYC sees the list of Ijaw beneficiaries in the programme, our worry is the esoteric manner the government is handling such laudable initiative.
“If really the present government wants to mitigate the menace of youth agitations in the region, then, let its institutions should engender an open policy that will be appreciated by all and sundry.
“We are surprised beyond redemption that the minister of the Niger Delta Affairs can come on air to announce such very important programme of the government without putting the relevant stakeholders in the know. Does it mean to favour some unnamed persons, while the ministry is gloating over such ghost achievements?”
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