The Ijaw Youth Council has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on international oil and gas companies in the Niger Delta to commit funds for the speedy development of the region.
Noting the Federal Government’s directive compelling multinational oil companies to send funds to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East, the group said that the Niger Delta region has been the most underdeveloped in the country.
IYC's spokesman, Mr Daniel Dasimake, urged Buhari to extend the same gesture to the Niger Delta people.
In a statement made available to newsmen over the weekend, Dasimaka said while Ijaw youths were not opposed to the development of any region, it was only fair and just that the Federal Government directed the oil companies to contribute more to the development of the Niger Delta.
Government had reportedly directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), National Petroleum Investment Management Service (NPIMS) and other operators in the petroleum industry to contribute at least $100 million annually to a special IDPs' intervention fund for the people of the North-East.