The South-South youths during a conference gave oil companies in the region a fresh 365-day ultimatum to relocate their headquarters to the Niger Delta region.
The Conference of the United South-South Youth Council (USSYC), the apex youth body of all ethnic nationalities of the South-South region, during the weekend, gave the oil companies operating in the zone a time frame of 365 days to relocate their headquarters to their operational bases in the Niger Delta.
While addressing newsmen in Warri, USSYC national president, Chief Egbe Pereotubo, called for “The zoning of the office of the Presidency of Nigeria among the six geopolitical regions in the federation to give each a sense of belonging.”
Among others, the USSYC demanded that non-violent youths should be financially rewarded as in the amnesty granted to freedom fighters, so as not to be seen as encouraging violent tendencies in the region.
Pereotubo said that resource control must, as a matter of urgency, become a reality with each state of the federation paying royalty to the Federal Government. Meaning that every state should manage its resources and income while paying tax to the central government.
They also asked for the withdrawal of military checkpoints in the Niger Delta region because they are not at war with anybody.