ACTING President Yemi Osinbajo has been reminded to fulfill the promise to meet with the Niger Delta youth during his visit to Delta State on a fact-finding mission on January 16.
The reminder came from Udefi Oba Oloye of Warri Kingdom, Chief Clement Maleghemi, at the weekend, while speaking with journalists at Ugbolokppso, Uvwie Local Government Area.
Maleghemi, who spoke on the significance of Udefi Day celebration, held at the Udefi Hall of the community, expressed confidence in the present administration to address the issues of the region.
He said that the recent fact-finding visit of the vice president to Delta and other parts of the South South was an indication that the Federal Government was listening to the yearnings of the people of the region.
According to him “The only one visit of the vice president is not enough to solve the problems of the region but it is an encouragement that government is listening to our demands. The last time the vice president came, he promised to summon the youth, create time to meet with them as a follow up in February.
The Federal Government is exploring every possibilities to ensure peace returns to the Niger Delta and I am confident that with all these moves, peace will definitely return to the region,” he said.
Maleghemi, a foremost chief and business magnate based in Warri, however, urged the government to create employment and the enabling environment to end hostilities in the region, noting that most of the vices in the society were there because people were idle.
There are alot of things needed to be done in the region. It bothers on employment.
Anybody who has a simple means of livelihood will not take risk of destroying oil facilities.
For example it is capital intensive to go and blow up pipeline, the risk involved, you can die there.
So, the Federal Government should create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive,” he said.
On the importance of the celebration Chief Maleghemi said, “It is a day that all Udefi descendants from all the 14 towns and villages founded by them in Iwere Kingdom come together at Ugbolokposo, our ancestral home to remember and honour our ancestral father Udefi.
This day is symbolic because it marks a dramatic departure from the hitherto aged-long practice of only a few people gathering annually on 10th of February to remember our ancestral father.”