The federal government has advised beneficiaries of the amnesty programme in the Niger Delta region to prepare for life after oil.
Speaking at a forum to mark the United Nations 2017 International Youth Day, Presidential Adviser on the Amnesty Programme, rtd Gen Paul Boro, urged the youths to make use of the skills, knowledge and experience they gained during training.
“Since it has become clear that oil will not last forever, there is need to prepare the youths for the future”, Boro said.
He noted that the federal amnesty programme had the mandate to train 30,000 youths, out of which it had already trained 16,000.
Rivers state Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Oliver Wolugbom, expressed concern that Nigerian youths were increasingly engaged in kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, thuggery and other acts.
“It is equally a source of concern that all the centrifugal forces such as separatist movements by ethnic bodies and their accompanying hate speeches are being bandied by the youths”.
“For peace to be built in the society, the youths must be properly positioned while the leadership re-strategise to plan”.