The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) have given the Federal Government a one-month ultimatum to constitute and inaugurate a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The national President of IYC, Mr. Peter Igbifa, disclosed this on Sunday evening during an interview with journalists in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
According to him, the decision was reached during the council’s expanded executive and stakeholders’ meetings held at the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, was reported to have extended the tenure of the NDDC Interim Administrator, Effiong Akwa, and also shifted the constitution of the agency’s board to July after failing to do so in April, which he had earlier promised.
Igbifa urged President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the commission’s board within the one-month notice or else Ijaw youths would shut down the region.
He said,”The IYC has made its position very clear today (Sunday). The IYC in her expanded executive council meeting and her stakeholders meeting today at the Hotel Presidential (Port Harcourt), had given the Federal Government, Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari, one-month notice.
“Within this one month, it is expected that Mr President will do the needful: inaugurate the NDDC Board and let us see how the board will not function anymore.
“If there is no positive response at the expiration of our ultimatum, we will take action, we will shut down the entire region. We will shut down the Niger Delta if there is no action from Mr President within the time frame we have given him.”
The Ijaw youth leader advised Buhari to not always allow the people of the region agitate for whatever they ought to have as this could affect the fragile peace in the area.
“Anything that is due us, do not allow us to agitate for it. If we do not agitate and you truly give us, there will be no insecurity. Now that the region is peaceful, the president should do the needful,” Igbifa stated.