The new leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide, Tuesday, said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was genuinely committed and willing to work for the interests of the Niger Delta region.
The council led by Eric Omare said the youths in the region were elated at the recent directive by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that International Oil Companies (IOCs) should relocate their headquarters to Niger Delta.
The IYC in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Mr. Henry Iyalla, commended the Acting President for the directive and said it was one of the demands it presented to the Presidency in 2016.
Iyalla said: “We hail the acting President for conceding to our demand. This move shows that the Muhamadu Buhari-led Federal Government is responsive, dedicated, and willing to work in the interest of the Niger Delta Region and Nigeria as a whole.
“Furthermore, we wish to assure the IOC’s of the cooperation of host communities and our commitment to ensure a safe, secure, and conducive atmosphere for a smooth running of their operations.
“Moving forward, we enjoin the Federal Government and the IOC’s to as a matter of necessity involve the IYC in its plans and arrangements towards the implementation of this exercise to enable us render our valued contribution in decisions been made to ensure all parties are satisfied during the exercise.
“We are committed to seeing the realization of this in the shortest possible time and enjoin the IOC’s to work within a time frame acceptable to the IYC”.