Written By: Comr Ayoromiegha Williams Jnr., Personal Assistant to the ED-PRS on Media and Students Affairs
The Ijaw Youth Council Western Zone structures, consisting of the Western Zone clan Chairmen and Women forums visited the office of the Executive Director, Planning, Research, & Statistics in the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) with echoes of appreciation for his numerous contributions to youths of Ijaw nation and Niger Delta in general.
While the chairman forum led by its Chairman, Comr Ebolo Samuel; Chairman Ngelibiri-mein IYC made some specific demands of intervention for some non oil bearing, impacted and oil communities to the Executive Director. He also went further to solicit support from the executive director for their daily activities.
The women forum led by the Western Zone Woman Leader, Comr Jennifer Oki specifically congratulated and presented a cutomized throw pillow in commemoration of belated second year in office anniversary celebration of the Executive Director. She also made special demands of coporate and individual collaboration to support activities tailored empowering the girl child in the creeks with information and skill necessary to equip the modern African Girl Child.
Responding to both the Chairmen Women Forums respectively, the Executive Director expressed appreciation for their visit.
Agediga in his response explained the difference in functions of the board relating to ethnic representation and management duties, with the later being his primary duty.
However, he intimated the visiting IYC Western Zone Structures that the identified communities have ongoing projects the board has deemed important to complete and handover to communities before taking up some new projects that may still come with a new budget.
In a turn, the Executive Director, PRS advised the women forum to continue to choose strategic engagements and partitioning of their vision with clarity in their bid to impact Ijaw women in the Zone.
Agediga encouraged the groups to prioritize skill acquisition and human capital development as a means of impacting and empowering Ijaw people and to also objectively engage their ethnic representative, while he pledged his continuous support to the overall development of Ijaw nation.