…Our target is to bring together and reorient the youths of the Niger Delta 

By Loveth Ojogun

Gbaramatu Youth Council, GYC, has accused the government and multinational companies of paying lip service to peace advocate.

This was made known today during an official visit by the GYC Planning Committee headed by its Chairman, Barr. Jerry Otuaro to the GbaramatuVoice media house in Warri, to intimate it of the upcoming summit as well as call on sponsors for supporting the initiative.

The group will on Wednesday, December 19th to Friday 21st, hold its ‘Niger Delta Coastal Communities Peace and Economic Summit’ at Oporoza Town, headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

According to Otuaro, the aim of the summit which is billed to hold with the theme, ‘Dialogue, The Centrepiece; The Way Forward’ is to “to curb the perpetual spate of illegal economic activities and violent campaign in the coastal belt of the Niger Delta region through sustainable dialogue as a means to achieve the needed peace and usher in meaningful development.”

The group said that government and multinationals pay lip service to peace advocate and resolution but give maximum attention only when conflicts degenerates thereby sending the wrong signal that violence is the only message the government and multinationals understand, leading to many persons disregarding the use of dialogue to be a wasteful venture.

“Therefore, this appeal for partnership is pressing as part of our resolve to use dialogue as means to solve numerous unresolved issues that presently bothers the youths, women, elders and even the traditional institutions in the Niger Delta coastal communities.

“Against this backdrop, the Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC) in her bid to preach peace to the youths in the coastal belt of Niger Delta and encourage them on the need to disengage from all forms of violent, presents a three day Peace And Economic Summit.

“Our target is to bring together and reorient the youths of the Niger Delta coastal communities ranging from Cross River, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Ondo States respectively, against all forms of illegal economic activities and lay the foundation of the Gbaramatu Youth Peace House in Oporoza, headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom as a symbol of our unwavering commitment to dialogue as a means to sustainable peace in the Niger Delta.

 “We therefore hope that the various state governments, government interventionist agencies, multinationals, security agencies, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), media houses, financial institutions, individuals, deem it fit to partner with the Gbaramatu youth in bringing to reality this all important summit to reorient the minds of the youth on the need once again to have faith in the Nigeria project,” he submitted.

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