Ijaw youths seek five-year development plan as Dokubo tasks them on positive ideas
Ijaw youths from the Niger Delta have urged government to implement a five-year strategic development plan to leapfrog improvement in the lives of the people.The call came as the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Co-ordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Prof. Charles Dokubo, tasked the Niger Delta youths to initiate life-changing ideas through the PAP to improve on their lives, communities and environment.
Dokubo spoke in Abuja yesterday when he received a strategic document from the Ijaw Youth Consultative Forum (IYCF), which proffers a nine-goal development action plan to be achieved within four years.He promised to create a platform for collaboration and exploration of the ideas and plans in the development plan and urged youths of Niger Delta to initiate and proffer responsive ideas, plans, programmes and solutions to better their lives through the instrumentality of the Federal Government’s amnesty programme.
“It is interesting for me to listen to this conversation. It is good for young men and women of my area to sit down and do something good like this. I’m also happy in the sense that this is different from what we are used to. It is not crying for no payment of stipends or calling for removal of Charles Dokubo. The fact is that as people of Niger Delta, it is now we’ve realised what we need, and also what we can make use of within the ambit of this programme has been provided to us.”
He, therefore, urged them to always go beyond viewing the presidential amnesty programme and other similar special purpose-agencies of the Federal Government as mere monthly stipend-paying bodies but rather, look at these authorities and see how they can always constructively engage with development ideas and plans that would impact on their lives, families, communities and the nation.
Dokubo, who stated that no part of the country has more agencies than the Niger Delta, said his administration would, henceforth, focus on job placement following aggressive pursuit of education, skills acquisition and empowerment.Earlier, IYCF Executive Director, Tonte Ibraye, said the IYCF’s strategic action plan aligns with both Federal Government’s policies and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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