Special adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Committee, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, has called for a coordinated action among Niger Delta youths against kidnappings in the region.
Kuku, who said abduction cases were still common in the region, urged youths in the zone to help stop the criminal act.
The President’s aide spoke while receiving Niger Delta Youths Professional under the leadership of Mr. Moses Siasia in Abuja on Thursday.
Kuku, who particularly decried the kidnapping of a retired general, called on youth groups and professionals to embark of sustained enlightenment targeted at stopping the menace in the region.
He also challenged the youth to give attention to education, saying it is the elixir for development.
Kuku, who received an award for performance from the group, also urged youths from the zone to exploit to the fullest the job opportunities in the multinational companies in the area.
He noted that instead of taking advantage of the opportunity of working with the oil firms, youths of the region had opted to embrace what he described the ‘ghost worker syndrome’ by selling their employment slots to people from other parts of the country.
He said, “The Chevron Nigeria Limited and other oil companies had a few opportunities of employment for our youths but they opted for ghost workers status; they trade away their slots to the Yoruba, Igbo for N50, 000. Today, some of those, who got the jobs from them are general managers, while the status of ‘ghost’ workers is gone.
“Communities were given job slots yet they sold them, scholarships were given, people sold them; we need to tell ourselves the truth to move forward. It is important that as professionals, you need to carry out enlightenment campaigns. You must organise many conferences; there is need for us to build our area.
“Kidnapping must stop; it is just yesterday that they kidnapped a retired general at Epelle. This must stop, are they saying that people, who have worked would not go home?”