IYC Rejects NDDC’s Interim Management, Threatens To Ground Activities

 

The Ijaw Youth Council has threatened to ground activities at the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to the IYC, it will back the threat with action if the NNDC’s Interim Management Committee constituted by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godswill Akpabio, is not disbanded immediately.

Addressing a news conference in Warri, Delta State, IYC President Eric Omare also demanded that the new members of the NDDC Board cleared by the Senate should be inaugurated immediately.

He added that the forensic audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari should be “directly supervised” by the President.

“If our demands are not met within a reasonable time from this moment, we will be forced to embark on mass action in the entire Niger Delta, especially at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt to forcefully remove the interim management committee from the NDDC headquarters,” the IYC President said.

IYC President, Eric Omare

Mixed reactions have trailed the constitution of the interim committee which is charged with the responsibility to oversee the affairs of the commission throughout the period of the forensic audit.

Mr Akpabio had announced the appointment of a three-man interim management committee expected to oversee the affairs of the NDDC until the forensic audit is completed.

Not only did the IYC reject the move, it also dismissed the idea behind it declaring it illegal.

“The reasons why we are against the committee set up by the Minister are as follows: Number one, it is illegal. Number two, the argument that the committee is to ensure unhindered forensic audit ordered by the President is unacceptable; it is weak and baseless,” Mr Omare said.

Following shouts of “Enough is Enough”, he added, “We are tired of people using our resources to run their bogus lifestyles.”

He believes the youths of the Niger Delta are ready to hold everybody accountable and if the incoming board fails to do what they are supposed to do, they will “hold them accountable”.

Ijaw Youths Stage Protest Over Suspension Of Justice Onnoghen

 

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) are presently staging a peaceful protest in Bayelsa, over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. 

According to our reporters on ground, the East-West road has been blocked, thereby leading to a build up of traffic and hindering travellers.

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Gov. Dickson Urges Ijaw Youth Leaders To Promote Peace

Environmental SanitationThe Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has urged Ijaw youth leaders in the Niger Delta to close ranks and promote the peace and unity of the Ijaw nation everywhere.

Gov. Dickson, who spoke when he met with Ijaw leaders across the Niger Delta, who paid him a solidarity visit, says development could only thrive in an atmosphere of peace.

The governor expressed serious concerns over issues of power tussle and internal wrangling for positions in the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) stressing that, he does not endorse factions for elective positions within the Ijaw ethnic nationality.

While commending the leaders for their solidarity and support, during and after the last gubernatorial election in the state, he noted that, as patriotic Ijaws who came out in defence of the common interest of the Ijaw people, when it was needed.

“You gave me your support when it was most needed for the sake of the Ijaw nation, to defend it at a very critical period”, Dickson said.

However, on the reports that he had ceded a portion of land to herdsmen for grazing, Dickson described the rumour as the handiwork of his detractors, who he said are afraid of his rising profile and trying to incite Bayelsans against him and the herdsmen.

“I will not allow herdsmen to have clashes with our farmers in the state, and that is why the government has taken a proactive step to provide a grazing area, the Bayelsa palm to forestall insecurity.

“Some people are inciting Bayelsans to violence against herdsmen and fellow Bayelsans.

“After now, the government will arrest any herdsmen found with cattle in our communities.

“The action of government is in the best interest of Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation”. He said.

In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Mr. Austin Dressman commended the leaders for their solidarity visit, noting that, Governor Dickson’s love for the Ijaw nation was unflinching.

He however, urged other Niger Delta governors to emulate the government in Bayelsa.

NDDC Condemns Pipeline Vandalism

Pipeline-vandalismThe Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has called on youths in the Niger delta region to protect oil and gas pipelines in the course of their demand for justice.

Addressing leaders and members of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) during a courtesy visit to the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, advised the youths to work with the Commission as partners for the sustainable development of the Niger delta.

She pointed out that the Niger delta belonged to the youths, urging them to “protect what belongs to them including the oil and gas pipelines”.

Mrs Semenitari further assured the youths that the present focus of the NDDC was the completion of ongoing projects to improve service delivery and bring development closer to the people of Niger Delta.

The IYC President, Comrade Udengs Eradiri, told Mrs Semenitari that their visit to the NDDC was to discuss issues of peace and security in the Niger delta, noting that youths are central to peace-building.

The IYC President also stressed that it was wrong to vandalise property in the course of the region’s engagement with government.

He warned against the award of contracts for new projects at the moment, suggesting that the NDDC should complete all on-going projects.

In another development, the acting Managing Director of the NDDC also played host to Bayelsa State leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mrs Semenitari said that her reason for hosting the Bayelsa State leadership was to discuss the need to build the region together in order to bring the dividend of the development of the interventionist agency to every part of the Niger Delta.

 

Bayelsa Inaugurates Youth Development Committee

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Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has inaugurated members of the newly established Centre for Youth Development at the state banquet hall in Yenagoa.

The Governor, during the inauguration, tasked the Chairman and other members with the duty of formulating programmes aimed at training and retraining Bayelsa youths on various skills which will help in keeping the youths off the streets.

The newly inaugurated Chairman of the Bayelsa Centre for Youth Development, Ekibabowei Victor Ben, who is an ex Niger Delta agitator popularly known as “Boy Loaf” while appreciating the Governor for the opportunity to serve, assured people of Bayelsa that the youth centre would replicate the methods used by the Federal Amnesty Programme and he was sure this would produce much result.

Also, in a related development, the newly inaugurated President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri, and other members of his cabinet were presented to Governor Dickson by the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Kinsley Kuku.

While presenting the IYC executives, Mr. Kuku applauded Governor Dickson’s commitment to furthering the cause of Ijaw people.

The IYC President, Udengs Eradiri, who also praised the stance of the Governor on issues that bother on the progress of the Ijaws said that the National Conference and the 2015 re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan were the foremost priorities of the IYC.

The Governor charged the IYC to work towards achieving more unity amongst the Ijaws, especially the youths.