Multinational oil companies operating in various communities across the Niger Delta region have been called upon to prioritize youth employment in their Cooperate Social Responsibilities to their host communities.
The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN Rivers State Branch, Archbishop Dokiboeriya Kaladokubo made the call in an exclusive interview with Radio Nigeria in Port Harcourt.
He said the recent ugly incident which occurred at Ibaa in Emuohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, where over thirty eight persons lost their lives as a result of pipeline explosion can be traced to the high rate of unemployment of youths in the area.
The Rivers State CAN chairman however warned the youths in the host communities to desist from pipeline vandalism and illegal refining of petroleum products, saying that unemployment cannot justify destruction of national assets.
Archbishop Kaladokubo who described the fire indent at Ibaa community as avoidable, prayed that God may give the families of the victims the fortitude to bear their loss.