A Press Briefing Held On This 9th Day Of December 2023 In Yenagoa As Part Of Activities Marking The 25 Years Silver Jubilee Of The Kaiama Declaration /Foundation Of The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide By Amb. Binebai Yerin Princewill, Spokesman of Ijaw Youth Council.

I bring you greetings from the National leadership of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide under the firm leadership of Sir Jonathan Lokpobiri Snr.

Today, on behalf of the entire 9th National Executive Council (NEC) of the Ijaw Youth Council, as part of activities marking the 25 years of Kaiama declaration cum Ijaw Youth Council, we are fortunate and highly lucky to be part of those that are championing the 25 years existence of Ijaw Youth Council cum Kaiama declaration.

While we are grateful to Ijaw nation for entrusting us with the leadership of council, we want to reassure the Ijaw people that we will not renege on our quest to deliver a purposeful leadership to the Ijaw people.

In view of delivering a purposeful leadership to Ijaw nation, the 9th NEC led by Jonathan Lokpobiri Snr is doing everything possible to deliver on its campaign promises.

We are glad to announce to Ijaw nation that we will be doing the foundation laying ceremony of the Ijaw Youth Council global secretariat here in Yenagoa that has never happened before.

For us, we cannot be saying we are IYC Worldwide but all our activities will be revolving around Nigeria alone hence we have taken issues of the Ijaw people to a global space wherein the 9th NEC has taken steps to take our people to Ghana, Kenya and Dubai for a global Climate and Plastic Polution conferences that have affected our environment gravely.

The itinery of activities are:

DAY 1 which is today: 9th December 2023
Press Conference
Foundation laying ceremony/unveiling IYC secretariat.
Laying of rites of our fallen hero’s

DAY 2: 10th December 2023
Thanksgiving service
Public lectures,
lunching of IYC data base,
Award Night @ state banquet

DAY 3: 11th December 2023
Venue: OX Bowlake Pavillion & Kaiama Grammer School Field
Processional Match
Unveiling of the late Isaac Adaka Boro Statue
Variety night and other programs.

Nevertheless, the 25 years celebration of Kaiama declaration which gave birth to the 25 years celebration of IYC is very key and important to us as Ijaw people hence we felt that it is very crucial for us to meet again after 25 years to review where we are coming from, where we are and where we ought to be.

The Kaiama Declaration was issued by the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) of Nigeria on 11 December 1998 to attribute the political crisis in Nigeria to the struggle for the control of oil mineral resources, while asserting that the degradation of the environment of Ijawland by transnational oil companies and the Nigerian State arise mainly because Ijaw people have been robbed of their natural rights to ownership and control of their land and resources.

The council was formed in the town of Kaiama after 5,000 Ijaw people representing over 40 Ijaw clans, chose to articulate their aspirations for the Ijaw people, and to demand an end to 40 years of environmental damage and underdevelopment.

The assurance from the 9th NEC is that we are going to consolidate on the achievements recorded by previous administrations of council as we are going to improve on the gains recorded so far.

We are very grateful to the founding fathers of council and our dear leaders that have contributed a lot for the continued growth and survival of council.

As a council, we deeply appreciate all those that have supported the Kaiama Declaration 25 Years Silver Jubilee financially and otherwise. We are highly grateful.

Long Live Ijaw Youth Council
Long Live Ijaw Nation
Long Live Niger Delta.
Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria.