Imo seeks govt’s cooperation on amnesty programme

| January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

IMO State Deputy Governor, Jude Agbaso, has said the state government is not aware of the construction of a huge ultra-modern Skills Acquisition Centre in Abaez? Egbema being executed by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs as part of the Federal Government’s amnesty programme.

The project, which has reached advanced stage, would have a football pitch, swimming pool, training centres, among others.

However, the Federal Government has said its post-amnesty programme is aimed at equipping the youth with skills aimed at integrating them into the society.

Speaking yesterday when the team led by the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, visited the project site, Agbaso, who called for a synergy between states and the Federal Government in project execution and supervision, noted that if proper consultations were made, the state government would be aware of this project, take proper interest and do additional supervision.

He said: “We must be involved so as to take interest in what is being provided for our people. We are part of the oil-producing states and have people on ground that see what is happening here on a day-to-day basis. It would be completely disjointed if projects are sited without the knowledge, involvement and contribution of the state government.”

The minister, who observed that it is important for states to be aware of every Federal Government’s project in any of their communities and also take interest, however, pointed out that relevant agencies in Imo State must be aware of the projects. He added that the state has a commissioner representing it in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He said: “The Federal Government does not have separate citizens or communities. We share the same constituency, whatever we do in a state is essentially for the people of that state and other Nigerians. There is no division in governance or in providing services to the people.”

“Every oil-producing state has a commissioner representing it in NDDC and these things are done in a way that every state is involved. The only thing is that those of us here are not familiar with records.”

Maku urged the deputy governor to ?nqu?re about the project from relevant agencies and also ensure a synergy between it and the state skills acquisition centre. The minister explained that the Federal Government has, under the amnesty programme, trained several youths at home and abroad to equip them with skills and make them useful to the society.

He urged the youth to provide security in every project site in their communities as they are meant to improve their soc?o-econom?c wellbeing.

Maku, who urged the youth to shun every act of crime, noted that there would be no development in an atmosphere of insecurity. He said the project, when completed, would attract investors and provide job opportunities for the youth, as well as enable them participate in the nation’s oil industry.
He said: “You are the ones that would provide security for your communities. You know the kidnappers, armed robbers. They live among you, if you organise yourselves and protect government’s infrastructure in your community, it will bring development to your area”.

Responding, a youth appealed to the Federal Government to ensure the speedy completion of the project.

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