A philanthropist, Ogbiya Joseph Martins has urged the Federal Government ( FG) to as a matter of urgency address the high rate of unemployment among the youths in the Niger -Delta region.
Martins who operates an oil and gas company in the region made the appeal after he was honoured as the Philanthropist of the year at 2019 by West Africa Media Community Award(WAMCA) organized by West Africa Media Network over the weekend in Lagos.
Matins said the rate of unemployment in the Niger Delta region was the cause of all sorts of crime and youth restiveness in the region, warning that unless the issue of joblessness was addressed, kidnapping and other violent crimes would not subside.
“It is not about Abuja alone but to give people a job that can make them earn a decent living. There are certain things we can do internationally and the government should look inward because the people of Niger Delta are capable hands that can handle certain things but the government did not reach out to them but only concentrate on politicians among them:
“My organization provides services to Multinational oil and Gas Company in Delta and we always appreciate giving back to society. Am a product of society and I believe in giving back and anything called award is recognition of what I have done. How much can a company like mine do? That is why we need urgent intervention from the government.
“ It is when the youths know that there is a future that they can listen to any kind of advice, whether in the form of sensitisation. If we give jobs to them, they will not derail from their primary purpose of existence. But an idle mind is devil’s workshop. We should keep the youths busy.
“Life its self is about to give and take, many things are happening in the society because people are not reaching out to the youths. In our organization we try to bring out people, give them what we need to give and encourage them on how to be of their own.”
“I started from small and here we are today and I am calling on the younger ones to emulate the good precious of life. In our organization, what we have we give it back to Society. We give scholarship to students, we organise in house training for people and some post-graduate training so that the youths can do something for society. “
Martins further added that his foundation has over 1000 beneficiaries, some of who are fishermen women and people who have no privilege of bank loans.
“Sometimes, we give them loan starting from N200, 000 to N1,000, 000 depending on the category and we have to help them since the government is not ready to help t and at the same time we can’t expect the government to do everything”