The Isoko National Youths Assembly Worldwide yesterday threatened that they may be forced to take to arms amongst Federal Government if it fails to address the alleged deliberate exclusion of Isoko Youths in the non-violent phase of the President Amnesty, Programme for the Niger Delta region, warning that their peaceful disposition should not be taken for cowardice.

A leader of the Youth Assembly, Ejiro Akpo, who spoke to journalists in Asaba on behalf of the people of Isoko nation, regretted that Isoko nation which is the 5th largest producer of crude oil in Nigeria, and the largest on share producer of oil, had been relegated to the background, and had not benefited from emptying from federal government in any areas, particularly the exclusion from the Amnesty programme and the ongoing scholarship programme for those who wish to further their studies.

He said: “the federal government needs to urgently open talk with Isoko elders/youths’ leaders with a view to enrolling into the amnesty programmes, FG must act urgently to dissuade the overtly peaceful and patient youths of Isoko extraction from the growing nation that development of our Isoko nation”.

“Any peace process which excludes and undermines the Isoko nation cannot be said to be all-inclusive; and may after all be futile".

We are therefore calling on government to declare an affirmative action to support the peace loving youth and people of Isoko.

As a youth group, we have embarked on massive and extensive campaign, aimed at dissuading our youth from resorting to vandalism since, according to the narrative, it pays better than remaining peaceful”, Comrade Umuaklo reiterated.

He said that Isoko National Youth Assembly condemns in strong terms, the poor maintenance of oil facilities in Isoko especially that of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), which allegedly led to spillage at Ogini flow station recently.

They, therefore, called on NPDC to, as a matter of urgency embark on comprehensive cleanup of the oil spill within the next few weeks or face the wrath of the Isoko people as they may have no other option than to shut down its operations on Isoko land.

While saying that the OML 30 which covers 1. 095sqkm and 11 oil fields with Isoko communities making up 60 percent of the setup has become a great concern to the people of Isoko nation, Comrade Umuakpo regretted that, contrary to expectations, the Community Development Board (CDB) as constituted by Heritage Energy the operator, was lopsided and does not reflect the true position of the equalities of the resources being contributed to the setup as no one from the Isoko extraction is at the managerial cadre.

The group noted with dismay, the spate of abandoned projects by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) littered across Isoko land, despite directives from the Federal Government that all existing projects of the NDDC completed without delay.

They, therefore, called on the Federal Government to mandate the NDDC to address the inhuman treatment meted out to them by ensuring that all abandoned projects were completed and new ones initiated

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