– The federal government of Nigeria has promised to employ the youths of Niger Delta who are guilty of illegal oil refining

– According to Acting President Osinbajo, the aim of the federal government is to steer the Niger Delta youths away from violence and crime

Acting President Osinbajo has promised Niger Delta youths that the federal government would employ Niger Deltan youths who are involved in illegal oil refining in the modular refineries the government will establish in the region.

Osinbajo made this announcement on Tuesday, February 14, during his visit to Port Harcourt.

Daily post reports that the federal government will make sure that youths of Niger Delta stay away from violence and crime and focus on contributing to the development of the region.

He also denied a rumour that the amnesty programme of the federal government has been scraped adding that more resources has been earmarked for the sustenance of the programme in the 2017 budget.

Osinbajo said: “We have talked about those young men and women who are involved in illegal refining of crude oil.

 “Our approach to that is that we must engage them by establishing modular refineries.so that they can participate in legal refining not illegal refining. And we are committed to making sure that young men and women of the Niger-Delta region are properly engaged.

“We’ll look at the amnesty issues, we’ll make sure that amnesty continues. Some people have been trying to suggest that we have removed the amnesty programme. That’s not true. We have made more provision for amnesty than has ever been made.

“We have made more provision for social intervention. Rivers state has the second largest number of unemployed young graduates who have been employed by the federal government under our N-Power scheme.

We made sure in that employment process that the young men and women applied online. We did not allow any interference in the process. They were given their appointments and they have already been deployed and they will be working here.”

Meanwhile, not fewer than about 20 people have been reportedly killed in a clash between communities in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.

The clash which was caused by a boundary dispute between people of Oku Iboku in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom and those of Ikot Offiong in Odukpani LGA in Cross River.

Heavy, war-like fighting began on Friday, February 10 night between the communities with light and heavy weapons used by both sides.