By Samuel Oyadongha
YenagoaÂ – The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it will incorporate the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) in the monitoring of its projects in Bayelsa.
The Bayelsa State representative in the NDDC Board, Elder Tony Orubo disclosed this while receiving the executive members of the IYC led by its Secretary General, Comrade Udengs Eradiri in Yenagoa.
Orubo also assured the IYC that business will no longer be as usual, adding that â€œI want to leave my name in the sand of time. We must be able to guard what has been given to us.â€
He said the involvement of the youths is another way of solving the restive and sundry issues facing the region as they will be meaningfully engaged in the activities of the commission since they are closer to the grassroots.
According to him â€œno group will come and bamboozle me. The NDDC of today is one that means businessâ€ and commended the leadership of the Ijaw youth body the solidarity visit.
The state representative has already engaged one elder and one youth from each of the eight local government areas of the state to work with him.
Earlier, the IYC Secretary General, Comrade Udengs Eradiri had assured the NDDC Representative of its cooperation to ensure that the commission succeeds in its development of the region.
Comrade Eradiri said the body is convinced of Oruboâ€™s track records especially as a former Director of the Bayelsa Centre for Youth Development and assured him of their support in the discharge of his duties at the commission.
The IYC scribe commended the federal government for the amnesty granted to militants of the Niger Delta region and called on youths in possession of arms to surrender them to the appropriate authorities.
Eradiri called for the construction of more roads and infrastructures as well as the distribution of transformers and generators in the state especially in the state capital, Yenagoa.
The IYC scribe lamented the way major contractors handling projects such as canalization and dredging were saying they were not carried out according to specification, an indication of lack of proper supervision and urged the state representative to evolve strategies that will curb such occurrences in the future.