The Ijaw Youth Council, (IYC) has called on the youths in Bayelsa state to look beyond politics and oil and gas, and explore business opportunities that abound in the state.
The spokesman of the IYC, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe made the call on Tuesday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital during a meeting with the Chief Executive Office, BARAZA Multipurpose Cooperative, Pastor Miebi Bribena.
Ekerefe blamed the dwindling economic fortune of the region on absolute dependence on oil and gas.
He commended Pastor Briben’s efforts at diversifying the economy of the state from the oil and gas sector by creating a business avenue for the teeming youths in the state.
The IYC official called on Ijaw youths to take advantage of all the Investment opportunities at the Baraza multi-purpose cooperative to become self-reliant, prosperous and independent.
“We urge our people to take advantage of the opportunities at the Baraza multi-purpose cooperative whose brand is already known globally and make wealth, for there is a hand of God in it,” he said.
“The over dependence on politics, oil & gas sector has really hindered the progress of our region, and people.
“As we speak, Nigeria is at a crossroad, a lot of things is happening in this nation, while we cry for our demand for resource control from Federal Government over ownership of our ancestral heritage, we should explore other opportunities available in other sectors and take advantage of them,” he added.
Ebilade also commended the Baraza Multi-purpose cooperative chief executive for his giant strides, selfless service and impact on the lives of Ijaw people at large.
In his remark, Pastor Miebi Bribena lauded the spokesman of Ijaw youth for his doggedness and tireless service in agitating and showcasing Ijaw nation to the rest of the world.
“Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society is a God given vision, burne out of his desire to eradicate poverty from the world,” he said.
He then assured of his continued partnership and support to the growth and progress of the Ijaw Youths Council.