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Youths lay siege to DESOPADEC

BY  Emma Amaize

WARRI—HUNDREDS of placard-carrying youths from oil communities in Delta State, weekend, took over Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, office in Warri, in protest over the dissolution of the board by the state House of Assembly.

Some of the placards read: “We will not take this decision by the House of Assembly,” “Marginalisation can cause ethnic crisis,” “No to unwarranted interference from lawmakers,” among others.

Following the protest, combat-ready soldiers and mobile policemen were deployed to protect the office complex.

Delta State House of Assembly dissolved DESOPADEC board,  last Wednesday, citing non-performance.

Niger Delta activist and Vice President of Itsekiri National Youth Council, INYC, who spoke to Vanguard, yesterday, said: “The House acted in bad faith.”

Omolubi insisted that the House rushed to dissolve the board that was fighting to bring development to the people of the state, adding, “The board was not even allowed to approve any budget before it was dissolved.”


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