The oil bearing Host Communities of Niger Delta (HOSTCOM) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the decision to approve the recruitment of 10,000 youths for security inteligence gathering and surveilance contracts of oil pipelines in th region.
According to HOSTCOM, though training and recruitment exercise have been done with benefiting youths expected to pass out on the 27th of October,2017, the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari to absorb the youths has dismissed doubts over the sincerity of the federal government toward the peace process in the region.
Barr. MacAnthony Iworiso, a member of HOSCOM from Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state and the Clan Heads of the umbrella body of Ijaw Youths, told journalists in Yenagoa, that the move by President Muhamadu Buhari has renewed the confidence of the people of the region in the sincerity of the present administration at fulfilling the peace deal promised after the tour of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Barr. Iworiso said: “The host communities want to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for the approval towards the recruitment of 10,000 youths from all oil bearing and host communities of the region. And also commend the National Chairman of HOSCOM for his dodgedness at securing such approval.
“The recruitment will further reduce youth restiveness through gainful employment and engagement. As a member of HOSCOM, most of the youths being trained will become gainfuly employed and oil pipelines will be secured through proper community participation.
“We urge the president to go further and accelerate the implementation of the approval made. It will go a long way at renewing the confidence of the people in the implementation of the Peace package promised the people of the region.”
Barr. Iworiso also called on the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) and other stakeholders in the region to support the decision of the Federal Government and allow peace to be sustained in the region.