27 June 2011
UGHELLI—NATIONAL President, Niger Delta Youth Movement, NDYM, Mr. Godspower Odenema, has urged the Federal Government to revisit the allocation of the 12,000 pipeline surveillance job slots it created for youths of the region to avert impending crisis.
Odenema said in a statement yesterday that the job slots were already generating tension which, if not well managed, could become explosive.
“The Niger Delta struggle is a collective engagement. Yes, it is true that some people bore arms, but we must emphasize the point other groups engaged the titanic struggle via civil disobedience, intellectual engagement, legal battle and negotiations. In all, we all paid one price or the other.
“This is the reason why no individual or individuals should be decorated as the symbol of the Niger Delta struggle. We are all involved.
“As earlier indicated, the allocation of the job slots is already generating tension which if not well managed could become explosive.
An example is the case of
where only two individuals sat and allocated slots according to their whims and caprices without being sensitive to the feeling and reaction of other groups. Delta State
“The two fellows gave 2,000 each to their respective ethnicities (Ijaw and Itsekiri), and then gave a meagre 200 slots to the Urhobos, an insignificant 180 to the Ndokwa and Isoko respectively.
“This insensitive act is already causing friction all over the region. It must be addressed and redressed.