The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd), on Tuesday restated this administration’s commitment in developing the Niger Delta through peace and confidence building process.
Boroh, who is as also the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), said the Federal Government was pursuing the vision through a comprehensive development strategy that includes empowerment, agriculture, sports, education and skills acquisition which include fashion design, Information Communication Technology (ICT).
“To empower youth, therefore, means teaching them about their capacity to control their lives and change society by instilling in them a sense of value.
“That’s why this administration is empowering beneficiaries of the programme through a variety of activities that will focus on peace and confidence building.
“We need more of such programmes and it needs to become a critical part of a PAP’s culture in the region with so many unemployed youths, so as to create a sustainable development programme and empower the beneficiaries.
“Guiding them to use what their passions and creativity to share positive messages or bring attention to issues they care about will allow them to find purpose within their passion and use the power of their joy to share important messages.
“Providing them with the information and resources necessary for analysing issues that affect their lives and environments will help them become strong strategists on ways to act as change agents in their communities,” Boroh said.
Boroh explained that thinkers, builders and sustainers are involved in the empowerment process.
Thinkers are the leaders, stakeholders, clerics and politicians of today, the builders are the civil society, private sectors and most importantly, the women and mentors, he said.
While the sustainers are youths, and the most important pillars of development; they are the ones to inherit this world the way the older generation leaves it, he explained.