The umbrella body of youth in Niger Delta, the Ijaw Youths Council world-wide (IYC) has called on youth in the region, particularly those under the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), to shelve their plans to block the East-West road in protest over non-payment of their monthly stipends.
Speaking in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Udengis Eradiri, President of IYC said the Amnesty program is in the process of winding down; therefore the office will not be able to meet up the stipends to everybody, due to shortfall in the budget for the program,
Mr. Eradiri called on the beneficiaries to maximize what they have benefited from the program to sustain themselves in the future.
"The problem is not Paul Boro, the problem is anything that starts must have an end. Government has been shouting before today that the program will wind down in December last year, but we engaged the government for extension. They listened and they shifted the program till 2018. Between now and 2018 it will be winding down and so it is expected we move on, once you are trained and issued certificates, there is no more stipend."
Mr. Eradiri said that “a man who have been educated should take his certificate and get a job and earn a living; government has done theirs. l like calling a spade a spade, so that we don't waste our time blocking roads when we know that at the of the day we will only have the Military to content with."