Arising from a meeting of stakeholders yesterday in Owerri, which was attended by over 200 youth leaders across the oil producing areas, the convener and National leader, Orashi Camp of ex-agitators /BOT, Prince Emeka Igwe, disclosed that all the youth leaders have agreed that, henceforth, they would form a common front in demanding their “rights”.
“We have resolved to work together to get all our rights from every federal and state government agencies like NDDC, ISOPADEC,” they said, adding that before now they had agitated for these rights in disunited front.
This was just as they blamed politicians for the disharmony among them, saying that any politician who would instigate problems among the youths for selfish purposes would be seen as an enemy of the youths in the zone.
The meeting – attended by President, Imo Youth Council, Comrade Jeff Nwaoha, NDYM Chairman, Comrade Chigozie Ohiri, ISOPADEC Chairman,Oguta, Comrade Fatai Nwanwa, ISOPADEC Youth, Ohaji/Egbema, Comrade Nwulu John, president, Izombe Central Youth, Honourable Dennis Nwachukwu among others – resolved that there was no need to fight each other when their “rights” were been trampled upon, adding that they must reconcile themselves and chart a way forward.
Meanwhile, ex-Militants appealed to Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha to nominate Mr. Donald Igbo, the ISOPADEC Director of Accounts, to represent the people Ohaji/Egbema Oguta and Imo State in the Niger Delta Development Commission, since the board has been dissolved.
The youths, who honoured him with an award as the patron of Niger Delta Youth Forum of Imo State, said that Mr. Igbo had distinguished himself in his professional duties and service to his people.
Responding, Mr. Igbo thanked the youth leaders, saying that he would not disappoint Imo indigenes in particular and Nigerians in general when called upon to serve his fatherland in whatever capacity.