Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Niger Delta: Development as fuel for amnesty

9 July 2011

Niger Delta: Development as fuel for amnestyBy Ifeatu Agbu   

The creeks and streets in the Niger Delta region have been relatively calm and safe in recent times. The isolated case of five youth corps members, who were kidnapped and released a few weeks ago, does not substantially subtract from this fact. Of course, the new found peace is attributable to the amnesty programme, which has so far, reined in the hitherto restive youths of the region. How long this tenuous peace will hold is a matter of conjecture. However, it would help if the post-amnesty programme is pursued with greater vigour and urgency. In this wise, development projects meant to create jobs and fully engage the youths must be executed with dispatch to prevent any resurgence of violence.

The political leaders of the region seem to have read the ominous signs and are frantically raising the red flag. The apparent unease among the elite stems from the sluggish way the development challenges of the region are being confronted. "  ...

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