Youths drawn from the nine Niger Delta states have planned to embark on streets protests across the region over what they described as an attempt by some powerful politicians to frustrate the current board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from delivering on its core mandate in the region.
The group under the aegis of the Consolidated Youths of Niger
Delta (CYND) made this resolve on Wednesday after an emergence meeting in Uyo,
the Akwa Ibom State capital.
They also vowed to take the protest to Aso Rock, “if the
activities of politicians continue to hamper smooth operations of the
According to a communiqué read by the national coordinator of
the group, Comrade Frank Naday, Senator Magnus Abe and the former governor of
Bayelsa State, Chief Timiprieye Silva were working in close collaboration with
other politicians to politicise the commission.
“We have already finished with a petition on this matter to
be forwarded to the Presidency because since the appointment of the new NDDC
board led by Prof. Nelson Brambaifa, these politicians have jumped in, and are
trying to arm-twist President Muhammadu Buhari to impose their choice candidate
as the Managing Director (MD) of the agency.
“Since he was named as the Acting MD of the agency, Prof.
Brambaifa, has demonstrated enough capacity even with the lean re.s in the
coffers of the Commission in tackling the myriads of development challenges
facing the Niger Delta region especially in the areas of scholarships,
vocational training for youths, road works and settlement of arrears owed
contractors,” the group said.
The group commended the NDDC board for defraying the backlog
of arrears owed the youths who were engaged to undertake the water hyacinth
contract worth several millions of Naira.
“Under his watch in the last couple of months, the current
board has shown that it is not in the interest of the people of Niger Delta to
. politics with projects as others before him because he is not a
“This is the first time we will have someone with the mindset
of a technocrat who is not interested in using the NDDC platform as a
springboard or preparatory ground to launch himself to elective office”, the
It also urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to immediately
confirm Prof Brambaifa as the substantive MD of the agency in order to ward-off
the prying eyes of desperate politicians who see the agency as their milking