The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Rivers State Governor, Siminialaye Fubara, to prioritise the development of the Niger Delta and Ijaw riverine communities.
In a statement congratulatibg President Tinubu and Fubara on Thursday, IYC President, Peter Timothy Igbifa also canvassed for massive youth empowerment in the region and Rivers.
”We congratulate Sir Siminialaye Fubara on his inauguration as the Governor of Rivers State. This is the time for governance.
“We are calling on the governor to pay attention to the creation of jobs, employment opportunities and massive empowerment programmes for youths in Rivers State because we believe that adequate engagement of youths will help to fight crimes in the state.
“We further urge him to carry out integrated development of the rural communities in Rivers State and to consider building a modern city in such an area.
"The governor should create roads that to link the rural communities and consider developing the ancient town of Opobo and other Ijaw communities into modern cities.”
Igbifa while extolling the qualities of Tinubu, called on the President to adequately fund the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the Ministry of the Niger Delta to propel the development of the region.
“We are happy that Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been inaugurated as the President of our great country.
"We do not doubt his capacity. We, therefore, call on him to prioritise the development of the Niger Delta.
“The IYC wants Tinubu to declare a state of emergency on the East-West road.
"The road should be completed immediately. The remapping of Akwa Ibom State should stop immediately and all the abandoned projects especially roads in various states of the region should be completed.
“We are calling on the President to develop a seaport in the Niger Delta.
"It is long overdue. He should also strengthen and expand the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, to engage more youths.”
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