Endorse Ogoni Developmental Blueprint, Rivers Youths Task FG | Independent Newspaper Nigeria

2024-04-30 21:26:56

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PORT HARCOURT - Ahead of oil exploration resumption in Ogoniland, youths under the aegis of National Youth Council of Ogoni People (NYCOP), have tasked the Federal Government to endorse the Ogoni Development Authority (ODA) in driving the sub-region's development.

Ogoniland which includes Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme Local Government Areas of Rivers State, is blessed with huge amount natural oil and gas deposits.

Speaking at a youth event hosted by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) at its headquarters in Bori, in Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State on Tuesday, President of NYCOP, Theophilus Mbagha, stated that the Ogoni developmental blueprint would bring to bare the desired progress and development that has eluded the Ogoni people for decades.

He said: "The idea of ODA is not strange to NYCOP, it is hoped and believed to be a pathway to solving the long lasting issue rocking not only the Ogoni people but the national economy.

"If the Federal Government wants to be objective in their approach to the Ogoni case, they should endorse the ODA. I can boldly state unequivocally that it should be time to resume oil exploration.

"We at NYCOP are watching events as they unfold. Any plan of oil exploration return in Ogoniland must be properly negotiated and the ODA is our benchmark. Nothing more, nothing less."

Also speaking, MOSOP president, Fegalo Nsuke, called on Ogoni youths to reject their present condition of living where graduates cannot find jobs and Ogoni youths are becoming less competitive.

He said that Ogoni youths have resisted the Federal Government for too long, adding that it was high time the people have a common front in demanding equitable distribution of the common wealth of the people.

Nsuke said: "We need to understand, young people, that we cannot to continue to have an Ogoni where you go to school and wake up in morning and cannot find one company where you can seek a job.

"I am here to tell you today that what we have been pursuing is to address underdevelopment. We must reject the exploitation of the past so we can address underdevelopment. The only way out is that the resources of Ogoni must be committed to Ogoni development. That is where the future lies.

"Anybody who tells you that the Ogoni struggle was all about resisting and fighting the government misses it. Our future as Nigerians depend on the decisions the government make and so we need to dialogue with the system."

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