Niger Delta Youths today issued a twenty-one-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to deliver the pipeline surveillance work or be prepared to face the consequences of their actions.
The Nigeria newspaper report that The youth delivered the ultimatum under the auspices of Nigeria’s host communities that produce oil and gas, HOSTCOM.
The national youth president of HOSTCOM, Dennis Arriaga, said: “We are not happy with President Muhammadu Buhari for not fulfilling his promise to transfer our surveillance of the pipeline after 10,000 of us had been recruited and well trained two years ago.
He warned that “if the government refuses to respond to our request within 21 days, then we can be forced to take some decisive action.”
National Exco, the Board of Trustees and thought leaders, have asked President Buhari to listen to his cry to allow the 10,000 young people recruited and trained for the pipeline surveillance work to deal with security problems.
The national president of HOSTCOM, Bishop Mike Emuh, in a conversation with journalists, said: “We are entirely behind President Muhammadu Buhari, but we are worried that he has not fulfilled his promise to involve our young people to take care of the work of pipeline surveillance.
“The 10,000 young people we have recruited and trained to do the job have been on the waiting list for two years. “You should also give us the 13 percent referral, which is a legislative right for the host Communities, not for state and local governments.
“The mistake was made by the regime of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who handed over 13 percent to state governors. We call on President Buhari to make peace on the subject by the law. “