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Why youth restiveness will persist in Niger Delta – Gov Ben Ayade

– Gov Ayade calls for urgent solution to restiveness in Niger Delta

– Describes restiveness as unpardonable

– Says prevailing conditions in the Niger Delta has contributed to restiveness 

The Cross River state Governor, Ben Ayade has again reiterated the need to address youth restiveness in the Niger Delta region noting that children will always become restive growing up in the present condition of the region.

Governor Ben Ayade

Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade welcoming the Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Sean Hoy when the envoy paid a courtesy visit to Government House, Calabar

Receiving the Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Sean Hoy in Calabar, Governor Ayade said the crisis and challenges of Niger Delta are unpardonable adding that no development can take place where crisis and tension exist.

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“The crisis and challenges of Niger Delta are unpardonable. It is a legal, moral, complex, anthropological and sociological issue to resolve the complex within the ambit of human nature.

“How would you stay in perpetual darkness, with all your waterways spilled with oil, no source of livelihood, living in a hut, defecating into the river that you use as your source of drinking water, and just a mile away, somebody is lighting the sky?

“A child that grows up in such circumstance must become restive by nature,” the governor said.

The Irish Ambassador intimated the Cross River government of its readiness to partner Nigeria, using Cross River state as the pilot state in addressing the problem of youth restiveness in the Niger Delta region.

Amb. Hoy also announced the establishment of a development centre in Calabar as part of the initiative to drive development process in communities such that resources are properly managed.

“We are here to support them, look at how the development of Niger Delta can be done better…… Resources are  not actually the problem, but how to prioritise issues of development for the impact on the people is where the missing link is and where government needs to come in.”

Responding, Ben Ayade commended the Irish government on the choice of Calabar for the development centre which will be managed in partnership with the Savannah Centre.

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In another development, the president of Germay-Africa consortium, Mr Martin Jevor has made known the intention of his organization to partner the state in the area of solid minerals.

Jevor’s words: “We are not here only for business but to build a future that will be beneficial to all. I am passionate about children’s welfare and wellbeing, I can give my life in ensuring that they live happily and get trained in vocational and entrepreneurial skills to better their lots and build a sustainable future for our countries.”

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