Tons of of Urhobo Youths underneath the auspices of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Youth Wing on Thursday shutdown the Delta State Workplace of the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC) in Warri South Native Authorities Space.
The youths chanted solidarity songs and marched from the NDDC Workplace to Edjeba Neighborhood junction.
The youths, who blocked the doorway street to the Neighborhood, mentioned they’d not go away the NDDC workplace till the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Authorities constituted and inaugurated a substantive board that has already been screened by the Senate.
The youths bore placards with inscriptions akin to,”We’re bored with your existence ho away”, “NDDC make use of our youths”,” Mobilize contractor for the 12year deserted mission Peter Kings street via Hilltop”,”NDDC cease marginalizing Edjeba Neighborhood”, “NDDC develop us or go away our land”, “We are saying No to dangerous governance”, “We search justice within the NDDC”.
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President of the group, Comrade Efemena Umukoro, in a chat with newsmen additionally urged President Buhari to right away sack and probe the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godswill Akpabio simply as he kicked in opposition to the “sole administratorship” NDDC.
He mentioned Akpabio has executed extra hurt than good to the folks of the Niger Delta area.
“As the nice people who find themselves from the South-South area, we’re saying sufficient is sufficient. We’re saying that one man can not commerce with the pursuits of the whole area. This isn’t in regards to the Urhobos however about the whole Niger Delta area,” he mentioned.
“One man can’t be the EDP. One man can’t be the Govt Director. One man can’t be the MD. We’re saying No. We’re for equity and fairness and justice, we’re saying that the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Authorities ought to inaugurate the substantive board.”
Whereas noting that there are not any indicators of NDDC growth within the area, Comrade Umukoro additionally referred to as on the president to reveal the names of the individuals who’ve defrauded the folks of the area.
“If you happen to say you wish to examine corruption within the NDDC, we’ll say thanks. We’d like the names of the individuals who’ve defrauded us to be made recognized. However not utilizing forensic audit to reput our folks abject poverty once more. We are saying No to it.
“As a Niger Delta folks, because the Urhobo Progress Union Youth President, I’m standing with all different ethnic presidents within the area and we’re saying President Muhammadu Buhari your authorities got here as much as combat corruption. Please combat corruption for us and inaugurate a substantive board for us.
“We don’t need the creeks or the militants to strike anymore. We would like peace within the Niger Delta. We’re in opposition to violence as a folks. However when justice is traded, the folks go violent. We don’t wish to go violent.
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” We’re interesting to the Federal Authorities to say please sufficient is sufficient. We’re equally calling for the sack of Akpabio. Akpabio has executed extra hurt to us than good,” he mentioned.
“That is the Edjeba Neighborhood. Have a look at the roads. That is an NDDC workplace on Edjeba land. That is to let you know the folks have been struggling. The Urhobo Progress Union, we’re saying sufficient is sufficient.”
Comrade Umukoro recommended these within the struggles in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, and Bayelsa State for sustaining the tempo of the protests.
He assured that he’ll storm the NDDC workplace with the President of Ijaw Youth Council,IYC, Comrade Peter Timothy, for the continuation of the protests.
Additionally in a chat with newsmen, the President-Normal of Edjeba Neighborhood, Hon.(Chief) Richard Okoro corroborated the claims of the Urhobo Youth President.
He mentioned,”We’re right here to reveal our minds on the marginalization by NDDC to Edjeba Neighborhood, to Delta State and Niger Delta.
“NDDC has short-changed us for a really very long time. Since their existence right here,the Edjeba Neighborhood has not benefited from something. No employment, no contracts, no growth, no infrastructural growth.
” 12years in the past, they authorized a street from Peter Kings street linking Hilltop and to Governor’s Annex. 12years in the past,they authorized a contractor. After they mobilized the contractor,after the primary mobilization, the contractor have executed their job to an extent. Till this second, about 12years in the past, it had been deserted.”
Hon. Okoro mentioned NDDC paid deaf ears to the Neighborhood’s plight regardless of a sequence of letters written to the Fee.
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