Selfish Politicians Behind Delay in Inugurating NDDC Board -IYC

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Ijaw youths from the Niger Delta’s nine states have accused selfish politicians, especially regional ministers, for the delay in forming the Niger Delta Development Commission’s substantive board (NDDC).

The youngsters, who are organized under the umbrella of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, claim that the delay is due to a power struggle and obvious display of avarice by the ministers over who will be the commission’s managing director.

IYC urged President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement issued in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital city, by its National Spokesman, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, to eschew greedy ministers and politicians and promptly put in place the substantive board of the NDDC.

The group also asked Buhari not to allow selfish ministers to undermine his efforts in the Niger Delta or frustrate the existing peace the region has been enjoying.

The statement read: “It has come to the notice of the entire youths of the region that these ministers and some high-profile members of the National Assembly from the region are engaged in selfish battles over the choice of who mounts the saddle of leadership in the NDDC. These politicians are trying to usurp the powers of the President to foist a board that will work for their personal interest and not that of the region.”

IYC said the entire Ijaw nation is angry and disappointed at the conduct of the politicians and is ready to unveil their true identity if they don’t desist from their evil ways.

“Is it not enough that President Buhari has refused to publish the audit report where their names and their cronies are evidently visible as part of those who ferried away the development fund voted for the region under the NDDC despite calls from stakeholders to publish the report?

“We are warning them that if they refuse to allow President Buhari set up the board with their unnecessary power tussle, the Ijaw youths will convene an enlarged meeting where their names will be read out and necessary sanctions served them.

“These anti-Niger Delta elements should stop pooling resources, and wasting time and energy to lobby the presidency for their preferred choice.”

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