Keeping youths only for election purposes won’t help Nigeria-Mulade
By Godwin Utuedoye,
… Says Nigeria have best environmental laws but only on papers
A front line environment activists and House of Assembly Aspirants for Warri South West Local Government Area in Delta State, Comrade Sheriff Mulade has condemned the total neglect of Nigerian youths and high level of unemployment for young graduates in the country, stating that keeping youths only political reasons will not help the nation.
Comrade Sheriff Mulade,3rd from right
in group photo with Journalists
Comrade Mulade who spoke with selected journalists recently at the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ Ugolo, close to Osubi in Okpe LGA of Delta State, noted that the Nigerian youths have been abandoned to her fate after being used by politicians to achieve their political aims.
Comrade Mulade who promised to bring enormous and visible change to his constituencies if elected, also assured that others will take a cue from him as he has been a forerunner in community transformation and also had the passion to ensure everyone in his constituency benefit and felt the impact of his representation in their areas. He promised to empower the youths with the funds which will be allocated to the constituency so that they can be self sufficient without relying of thuggery and other vices that could easily destroy their lives.
Speaking on the damages of oil exploration in the Niger-Delta Region, the environment activist maintained that, the lives of his people have been at stake due to the huge health hazards caused by the different oil companies in the cause of exploring oil in the area but holds that solution must be fashioned out to address the ugly situation.
He however lamented the inenforcement of environmental laws in the country despite the nation being one of the countries with the best environmental laws but only on papers.
Disclosing that all the different bodies saddled with the responsibilities of monitoring oil spills in the region are in far away Abuja the nations capital including the the Director General. He questioned if such bodies can really get the first hand information on oil spills, know the plights of the people and the know the hardship such oil spill has caused the people.
While calling on the relocation of such bodies back to the region, the Kokodiagbene born environmental activists and philanthropists alleged that only few foot soldiers of these bodies are on ground, saying their presence have not been so felt and thorough jobs especially in the clean up of affected areas has never been done.
He urged legislators and those saddled with such responsibilities in enforcing environmental laws to be honest and sincere even as he promised to facilitate such enforcements if voted into the house come 2019.
Speaking further, Comrade Mulade debunked the insinuations by some persons that he is not a politician and as such, he cannot win election. To this he said, his past antecedents in community leadership to CSO and other philanthropic works and community peace building he has involved himself with, will speak volume for him as he understand the pains and the actual needs of the people.
He said he is so optimistic that the ideas he willl inititiate in the house of assembly when elected, his colleagues will no doubt borrow from it and key into it for implementation. “I will initiate developmental ideas that have never been before and introdueced it to my colleagues and they will key into it.”
Asked if he has machineries in place to facilitate his electoral bids, Comrade Mulade again said; “My antecedents in my community leadership to CSO is a good platform coupled with my accessibility, friendliness, humility and prudent nature.”
On whether or not he has the backing of some political bigwigs in the PDP, the Ijaw born politician said though he may not be seen as a full time politician but that he is close to all the bigwigs in another platform disclosing that he is not a political god son to anybody. He said God almighty has endorsed him and his people at the grassroot have also endorsed him, that is enough.
He however frowned at godfatherism in politics, stating that it is a major problem killing the development of the country and has affected the politics of Nigeria negatively in all spheres. He described godfatherism as one thing that has deprived the qualify persons of being voted for and those favoured through this obnoxious system only go there to do the bidding of their masters to the detriment of the entire constituents and the constituency. This he said, is a trend and culture that must not be encouraged as it has destroy and deprived the constituents of their political rights many times
He called on his constituents to give his election aspiration support so he could win the primary election and for them to work hard to ensure that come 2019, PDP is voted for massively so that the developmental trend of Okowa will continue..