By Simon Egbebulem
BENINâ€”HUNDREDS of youths, under the aegis of the Niger Delta Ethnic Coalition, NDEC, Wednesday, staged a peaceful protest, calling on all youths of the Niger Delta to embrace peace and allow the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, concentrate on its mission.
Condemning what they described as the continuous blackmail against the management of the NDDC, led by its Managing Director, Mr Chibuzor Ugwuoha, the group accused some leaders of the Niger Delta of pursuing their selfish interest rather than asserting that allegation that the MD of the NDDC was reluctant to share funds to the various states was not only frivolous but also distracting.
In an address read by the chairman of the group, atÂ NTA complex in Benin City, signed by its chairman, Edisemi Yiki and Secretary, Efe Olowu, the group expressed explicit confidence in the management of the NDDC, particularly in itsÂ â€œrecent effort to empower the youths of the region.
â€œThe management of the NDDC should be allowed to concentrate on what the commission was established for. We call on all the youths in the region not to allow themselves to be used by self-serving contractors and politicians because these people do not mean well for the region but only for themselves and their families.
â€œFor the sake of peace, security agencies should take a second look at the activities of these groups and checkmate them before they cause further havoc to the Niger Delta. We cannot afford to watch a few miscreants truncate the development of the Niger Delta. We support governmentâ€™s amnesty programme but we call on government to improve on its implementation to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.”