A strategic dialogue capable establishing a last peace or resumption of hostilities will begin today, Monday, July 31, at the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Conference Centre, Effunrun, Delta State.
The summit, designed as the first expanded Niger Delta Youth Peace Dialogue (NDYPD) and an initiative towards tackling militancy and youth restiveness in the Niger Delta region, will be presided over by the acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Coming with the theme; ‘A tool for Niger Delta Sustainable Development’, the summit is being organised by the NDYPD in partnership with the Delta State Police Command, Asaba.
A statement signed by Comrade Fuludu Raphael Peremene, Vice President of NDYPD/Convener of the programme, said that Osinbajo would be charting a model for achieving development, empowerment, peace and social stability in the Niger Delta region at the event.
According to him, the peace dialogue would provide opportunity for youths to express themselves and make meaningful contributions towards restoring peace and development in the Niger Delta region.
The statement noted that “the Niger Delta Youth Leaders’ Round Table Dialogue is the high point of the Warri 2017, which brings together all the major youth groups, ex-militants, youth entrepreneurs and scholars alike on a round table to chart the course towards a new model of achieving development, empowerment, peace and social stability in the Niger Delta region.”
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim, who spoke through the state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), urged Niger Delta youths to embrace peace and support the programme, stressing that violence would not solve the problems of the region.