The Niger Delta Youths Organisation, NDYO, a sociopolitical organization is making positive impact in youths of the region to ‘liberate youths of the Niger Delta region from poverty, unemployment, political servitude, negligence, deprivation and total suffering in the hands of oppressive leaders through training of members on skills acquisition as well as creating awareness on participation in politics.’
The group believes that it has a mandate and mission to mobilize, train, educate, and engage millions of youths in the oil rich Niger Delta into positive thinking on their rights through peace, support for good governance and unity.
The leadership of the youth group during her 2021 states tour which was concluded November 13, 2021, lamented that unemployment, drug, alcohol abuse, lack of skills, crime, bad government, corruption, single parent household, violence in schools, stress and time management, materialism, education inequality, shifting economy, bad companion and laziness are factors affecting youths and their developments.
The group has identified education, skill acquisition as very critical and veritable tool for the actualization of the mission to liberate the youths of the region.
NDYO resolved in a meeting of the founders, stakeholders, board of trustees members, the national executive council and state coordinators of Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Abia and Imo States that it will compel the federal government, state and oil companies in the region to commence a batch by batch skill acquisition program, as well as commence an educational scholarship for youths of the region.
During the meeting held last weekend at MD Lounge Hotels, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the group stressed the need to ignite the spirit of skill and academic competitiveness in the youths, as well as develop strategic tool that will encourage youth participation in government and eliminate bad government, corruption, youth negligence and exclusion in political offices.
Speaking with TNN, one of the founders and board chairman of the group, Vivian Amaran Fisen said “redirecting Niger Delta youths into positive thinking, equipping them with right information and empowering them with education, skill will ensure an end to bad government, corruption, crime in the region.
“This massive turn out of youths we witnessed during this state to state tour is an express indication that the youths of this region, Niger Delta, are tired of bad government, corruption and are ready to bring it to an abrupt end by disengaging themselves from criminality if the needful is done. NDYO is on a mission to enhance the understanding and capacity of the youths to explore and strive positively, away from crime. We want to admonish the youth to shun all forms of antisocial vices and be focused and serious, channel their energy in their pursuit in skill and academic. We want to stimulate the academic, talent, skill and intellectual capacity of our youths.”
Amaran-Fisen further urged youths of the region to, “join the train (NDYO), let’s amplify our voice, Niger Delta youths must arise, together we will stop bad politicians from destroying what belongs to all of us, and also draw the attention of the federal and state government towards our needs and that which troubles us.”
Also speaking, the board of trustees’ secretary, Ben Okung said “after a deliberate tour of the states in the region we realized that the people of the Niger Delta are indeed suffering in the midst of plenty.
“There is issue of skyrocketing school fees charges in our universities, there is unemployment, deprivation, inequalities, destitution, lack of good social amenities, flooding and so on.
“There is a yearning for our leaders to come to the aid of the poor masses that voted them into power. We’ve visited Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, and the stories are same, the suffering, abject penury, crime rate is escalating, the time to act is now.
“But, I will also like to appeal to the youths to desist being used by wicked, self-centered politicians against each other; they should channel their energy towards been productive, and contributing positively to the development of the region and country at large.”