Ijaw youths on Friday declared support for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming general elections.
The youths under the auspices of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide insisted Buhari deserves a second term.
They said they were excited by Buhari’s plans to allocate oil blocks to Niger Delta oil-producing states to facilitate development in the region.
The youths said the only way they could reciprocate the Buhari’s good intentions through his programmes and projects in the region is to reward him with a second term.
In a statement by spokesman of IYC, Daniel Dasimaka, the youths said they were backing the call by the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Prof. Charles Dokubo, to vote for the President.
Dasimaka said Buhari won their admirations when he resisted pressure mounted on him by haters of the region to scrap the amnesty programme in 2015.
Besides, he said the President deserves a second term to enable him consolidate his agenda in the region.
“The President deserves mass support from Niger Delta on his second term bid in order to consolidate on his agenda for the region and the nation,” he said.
Specifically, he said Buhari’s second term would take the Ogoni cleanup, construction of the Bonny-Bodo road and the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko among others to the next level.
Dasimaka, who is the Coordinator of the Niger Deltans for Accountability and Good Governance (NDAGG), noted Buhari’s intervention led National University Commission (NUC) to grant approval to the arithmetic university to commence undergraduate degree programmes.
He said Buhari’s administration gave approvals for the establishment of modular refineries across the nine states of the Niger-Delta.
According to him 38 licences have been issued, covering high-scale refineries of 50,000 to 250,000 barrels per day.
He explained the administration completed six cassava processing plants in most of the states in the region.
He added that 130 youths in the Niger Delta were trained on poultry, Aquaculture, crop production and were given N1million each by the Buhari-led administration.
He said: “In the Niger-Delta region, 214 women who specialize in poultry and snail production were given between N350,000 to N500,00 each.
“198 women and youths in the Niger-Delta region were trained on ICT & business hub, poultry & fish production.
“Under President Buhari’s administration, 60 youths from the Niger-Delta region were also trained on assemblage and repair of phones.”