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Kuku Tasked Oil Companies On Employment For Niger Delta Youth

Posted: Jun 3, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Former Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta, Kingsley Kuku, has tasked oil companies and multi-national firms operating in Niger Delta on the need to take advantage of the peace in the region to invest in oil host communities through the employment of youths trained by the presidential amnesty programme.

Kuku said in Abuja that with the number of youths trained in welding and other oil sector related skills, the companies no longer have excuses for not employing youths in the region.

According to him, “Oil companies and other stakeholders cannot continue with business as usual while we make strenuous attempts to re-integrate former agitators. The historical grievances that gave rise to the militancy and insurgency must be addressed

“All stakeholders, namely, the people in the oil producing communities, the multinational oil companies and the governments (Federal, State and Local) should all play a part in finding empowerment and employment opportunities for thousands of youths in the Niger Delta who have been offered skills or are currently being offered skills by the Amnesty Office.”

He said the new government of President Mohammadu Buhari and the oil companies must not forget what the situation in the region was before amnesty was proclaimed.

“You may recall that at the peak of the crisis in 2009, Nigeria’s crude production fell as low as 700,000 barrels per day. Owing to the success of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Nigeria’s crude production, in the last five years has hovered between 2.2 – 2.7m bpd,” he stated.

Kuku stressed that the “post-Amnesty situation gives oil companies the opportunity to begin to invest in communities and particularly in the future careers of the Niger Delta youths enrolled in the Amnesty Programme.