We’ll Resume Massive Protests Untill NDDC Substaincive Board is Inuagurated – SSYI

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South-South youths have informed Senator Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, of their plans to resume their stopped protest calling for a substaincive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The youths occupied the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt for a week in August, under the aegis of the South-South Youths Initiative (SSYI).

Effiong Akwa, the commission’s only administrator, was so disturbed by their protest that he sneaked out of his office.

Following the intervention of Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, the aggressive youths ceased their protest, but promised to return if the Federal Government failed to inaugurate the board.

Saviour Oscar, SSYI’s National President, and Nyakno Otu, the group’s National Secretary-General, wrote to Akpabio, expressing their disappointment that the government had declined to inaugurate the board.

“It is disappointing that the government has not thought it necessary to act to date,” the youths added. This, we believe, is a violation of the region’s dignity.

The youths said: “It is regrettable that till date the government has not deemed it necessary to act. This we see as neglect on the dignity of the region.

“As a body ready to ensure that our region gets a fair deal, we are resolute to sustaining the action against the Niger Delta Development Commission, until our demands are met.We are not asking for much, we are only requesting that the right thing be done in the NDDC.

“We are not happy that the agency is still being run contrary to the Act establishing NDDC. This has caused a lot of setbacks to
the region. An unconstitutional administration can never be right in the sight of law, that is the reason we are insisting that a substantive board be immediately constituted.

“We are urging you, the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, to task President Muhammadu Buhari to hear us out. We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, who promised that issues affecting the people of Niger Delta would top his priority to act now and constitute a board for the commission.

“We are giving one month for the Federal Government to act and set up the board of NDDC. If this is not achieved within the period, Youths of Niger Delta will resume and shot done the facility until our demands are met”.


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