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Re: [NDYConference] Day 1: Militancy and Youth Employment in the Niger-delta
Oct 13th, 2008 - 03:58:58
The idea of creating jobs and reinforcing youth employment is indeed a good strategy of curbing militancy in the region, but I think first thing to do is to ensure our young persons involved in militancy are made to understand the negative impact thier actions have on the region. We know they make a lot of money from this act and getting employed may not enrich them like militancy. I think we need to work on thier mindsets first especially that of thier leaders.
--- On Mon, 10/13/08, Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima wrote:
From: Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima
Subject: [NDYConference] Day 1: Militancy and Youth Employment in the Niger-delta
To: "josephine gua"
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008, 3:45 AM
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Welcome to day 1 of the Niger-delta Youth eConference.
The rate of militancy and criminality in the Niger-delta has been on the
increase in recent years and has taken an alarming dimension, posing a major
threat to investments in the region. Analysts and experts say that part of the
solutions to militancy and criminality is to create new jobs and generate
In your opinion, is this a viable means of resolving the situation in the
region? If it is, what is the best means to create new jobs? What are the best
strategies to tackle unemployment, employability and access to bussiness
finance? Are there innovative practices from within or outside the region that
can be replicated? What is the most practical solution to the problem of
unemployment in the Niger-delta.
Please keep all responses really short and direct to the point, bearing in mind
short, medium and long term strategies with possible timelines for
Welcome to the e-conference on Youth and Niger-delta development taking place
from October 13-17, 2008!
There are two things that should be borne in mind during the conference. 1.
that the Niger-delta challenge pre-dates the present situation and dates as far
back as pre-independence which led to the establishment of the Willink
Commission. 2. that the present effort is to ensure that youth have an
opportunity to express their main concerns and proffer practical solutions to
the problems faced in the region.
Discussions during the conference will focus on four main daily topics: Day 1.
Tackling unemployment, employability and access to finance; Day 2. tackling
youth well being, health and access to education; Day 3. tackling infrastructure
development; Day 4. tackling criminality, building peace. The last day will be
used to report back to the group and consolidate the report of the conference.
To facilitate participation, the moderator will throw a question a day intended
to stimulate discussion and get specific points of view. Nevertheless,
participants are free to answer previous questions and to introduce new issues
at any point.
The purpose of this e-conference is to find practical solutions to the
development problems in the Niger-delta region. At a recent workshop organized
in Port Harcourt by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, participants
agreed that the main problems include infrastructure development; specific youth
targeted programmes and improved services. How do you think these can be
achieved. Is there a need to phase development interventions? What are your
suggestions on short, medium and long term development initiatives for the
region? Are there innovative practices from other regions/ countries that can be
beneficial to addressing the situation in the Niger-delta?
The e-conference will begin with this brief opening statement by the moderator,
after which participants are free to comment on the respective subjects to be
discussed. In order to ensure the active participation of everyone however, I am
sending the opening statement today, so as to allow an opportunity people who
are able to send their contributions over the weekend. Please note that
responses will be sent to the group as from 8 am on Monday October 13, 2008.
The e-conference is not a forum for trading blames; it is a forum for finding
practical solutions to the development of the Niger-delta region. The reports of
this e-conference will be submitted to the technical committee on the
development of the Niger-delta region sitting here in Abuja. The Committee will
be briefed this morning (10/10/08) about the process.
I am looking very much forward to a rewarding consultative conference this
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This conference holding from October 13-18, 2008 is an avenue to discuss the
development situation in the Niger-delta, with emphasis on the implications for
youth development, to prioritise development investment needs of the youth
highlighting quick wins as well as long term development issues, and to collate
the views of young people from the Niger-delta, Nigeria and the international
community on the development of the region. The final report of the conference
will be collated and submitted to the Niger-delta Steering Committee in late
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