The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung has said that the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have potential to be great citizens of Nigeria.
Dalung made the comment after paying a visit to Oporoza in Gbaramatu kingdom in Delta State to meet with the militants.
“On reaching the community after the two-hour journey on the high sea, I met with the members of the communities who told me that their dream was to be included in the Nigerian project, that the education facilities and other basic social amenities are almost non-existent in the communities.
They also raised concern of incessant attacks by the Nigerian Military,” Dalung said according to Daily Trust.
“As a youth minister, I know there the Avengers are mostly youths who have potentials to be great citizens of this country. The issues include the Niger-Delta Maritime University, pipeline community policing which they said the government had denied them, and the inability of the government to continue with the amnesty programme established by former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
“After going round some of the communities, I noticed that government projects were almost non-existent. I saw a secondary school signboard somewhere but the school is yet to be developed, the community has a clinic but still at the foundation level and a borehole that is not functional,” he added.
He also said that the avengers gave him a sealed letter to present to President Muhammadu Buhari.