World Assembly of Youths to mediate in Niger Delta, Herdsmen-Farmers crises

Posted by News Express | 29 May 2016 | 2,474 times

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The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) on Sunday said it is mediating in the renewed attack on oil facilities in Niger Delta region and clashes between farmers and herdsmen in various parts of the country.

Mr Preye Ketebu-Brown, Vice-President, WAY said on Sunday in Yenagoa that the world youth body would tour crises affected spots in Nigeria as part of its mediation plan for conflict resolution.

He noted that WAY was worried by rising tension between youths and state and non-state actors in areas affected by farmers-herdsmen clash and resumed militant agitation by youths in the Niger Delta.

According to Ketebu-Brown , the development was affecting the lives of Youth, the peace and socio-economic stability of Nigeria and indeed the African Sub-Region given the strategic position of Nigerian economy in Africa.

He said that the youth body has concluded plans to resolve identified conflicts and was in talks with stakeholders in the troubled areas where it is suing for peace.

“This is a prelude to the establishment of an International Youth Conflict Resolution Commission (IYCRC) currently being considered by the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) and the World Youth Centre.

“The proposed centre in Abuja is to aid amicable resolutions in Youth related conflicts with State and Non-State Actors.

“The World Assembly of Youth shall bring her over 50 years experience in conflict resolution across the World and more recently in the Dafur Region crisis to bear in Nigeria’s situation.

“The disruption of Crude Oil production in the Niger Delta by activities of the Niger Delta Avengers shall only lead to further global economic tension and hardship for Nigerians.

“There is the need for government and critical stakeholders to close ranks and consider all possible options to achieve peace,” Ketebu-Brown said.

He further appealed to political leaders in the Niger Delta region to close ranks and place the peace and developmental interest of the Region above personal and parochial interests and sentiments for peace to reign.

On the first anniversary of the current administration and  2016 Democracy Day celebrations Ketebu-Brown appealed to the federal government to ensure that civil conflicts be left for civilian authorities.

He observed that Nigerian Police has shown tremendous transformation under its current leadership and should therefore be allowed to address internal conflicts as is globally obtainable; as they are closer to the people/communities than the military.

He appealed to the Federal Government to redouble efforts at tackling youth unemployment and economic empowerment of youths to restore the confidence of Youth in the current administration.

He called for swift implementations of projects and policies articulated in the 2016 budget for empowerment programmes that Nigerian youths can benefit from.

•Photo shows armed herdsmen.

Source: News Express

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