Group wants Buhari to swap crude oil for technology

A lone boatman in the restive Niger Delta

A lone boatman in the restive Niger Delta

07 June 2015, Lagos — A youth group, Nigerian Arise, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that his administration explore the possibility of Nigeria exchanging her crude resources for technology.

The group’s demand was in a communiqué jointly issued by its Director General, Dr Victor Offiong and General Coordinator, Ben Edu Eni at the completion of a one-day interactive session with journalists in Lagos.

Offiong who read the communiqué said the demand has become imperative in view of Nigeria’s desire to catch up with other technologically advanced nation’s of the world.

“Apart from the 40 per cent affirmative action we are demanding for Nigerian youths in the new administration, we also view critically, the need for Nigeria to start exchanging it’s crude resources with technologically advanced nation’s of the world.

“The country needs to do some catch up with other nations of the world especially in the area of technology. And we as youths can only suggest that this exchange strategy is adopted to help the country achieve her potentials in all areas of life,” Offiong said.

The group’s Director General also noted the need to engage the youths, “many of whom are exposed to modern ways of doing things and who will bring their knowledge to bear for the country to be better for it.”
*Nurudeen Oyewole – Daily Trust

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