By Sylvester Idowu in Warri
Ijaw youths and other youth groups in the Niger Delta region are set to meet in Warri, Delta State, next Thursday in response to the renewed militancy in the region.
The meeting, which is at the instance of the foremost Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide, will review the renewed militant activities in the region and take a common position.
The IYC in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Chris Ekiyor midwived the presidential amnesty programme for ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region which brought peace to the region.
According to a statement signed by IYC spokesman, Eric Omare, the conference of all Ijaw and other Niger Delta youth groups is expected to be graced by leading Niger Delta activists such as Tony Uranta; Ann-Kio Briggs and Dr. Bello Oboko as guest speakers.
Also expected to attend the conference, Omare disclosed, are representatives of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and all ethnic nationalities youth groups and organisations in the Niger Delta.
“The conference would mark the conclusion of the month long remembrance activities of late Niger Delta hero, Major Jasper Adaka Boro with the theme: ‘The Ideals of Adaka Boro and Renewed Militancy in the Niger Delta Region: The way forward”, he said.
The conference which is slated for May 26, 2016, at Bay Hotel (former Wellington Hotel), Warri, is expected to come out with a communiqué on the common position of the youths of the Niger Delta region on the renewed insurgency and attack on oil facilities.