Youths for Peace and Development in Niger Delta pays courtesy call on DG NOTAP
The leadership of a Youth organization from the Niger Delta, under the umbrella of Youths for Peace and Development on Friday April 24, 2013, paid a courtesy visit on the Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).
The leader of the group Comrade Joseph Opuma said that members of the group were youths of like minds, who came together to explore peaceful ways of collaborating with government to develop themselves and the region through massive training for employment generation. He revealed that some of their members were former militants who had surrendered their arms and embraced peace for the continued unity and progress of the country Comrade Opuma added that although the Niger-Delta region had been grossly marginalized, the continuous use of violence as a tool to solving problems of the region does not yield any positive result, hence, the need to form the umbrella body.
He further stated that their visit to NOTAP, an agency of government saddled with the responsibility of promoting indigenous technology and domestication of foreign technology, was to explore possible areas of collaboration that can enhance the actualization of the vision 20:2020 of the present administration.
He reiterated that time had come for the youths to know that violence does not pay but rather, compounds the problems of the region especially when government had already granted amnesty to the warring youths. He noted that although the struggle by the people of the region dated back to the time of Isaac Adaka Boro, who died for the emancipation of the region, the situation had not changed.
The Director General of NOTAP Engr. Umar Buba Bindir in his remarks applauded the decision of the youths of the Niger-Delta region to form a group, not for arms carrying, but to find means of collaborating with government institutions to ameliorate the sufferings of the youths of the region.
The DG said his agency is open to any genuine group with the intention of refocusing the mindset of the youths of the country. He noted that the good morals which Nigerian youths were hitherto known for had eluded us and unfortunately replaced with violence and other immoral acts that are detrimental to their lives and development of the country.
He added that as an agency of government, though poorly funded, NOTAP will collaborate with the group to organize a forum where youths from other parts of the geopolitical zones will come together to form sustainable partnerships for national development. He said that this could be strengthened through technical/economic visits to the six zones as a means of strategically integrating the unity of the Country, exposing the youths to varying situations in these zones and further positioning them as national Ambassadors of peace and co-existence. The DG encouraged the group to shun every act that could promote disunity but should consistently identify with national development.
Raymond Onyenezi Ogbu