By Emma Arubi & Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRIâ€”OVER one hundred placard-carrying students from the eight Izon oil producing kingdoms,Â under the aegis of Delta Izon Oil Producing Areas Students Union, DIOPASU, stormed the headquarters of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, today in a peaceful protest demanding the immediate payment of their two years bursary arrears.
The arrival of the students inside the yard caused panic amongst staff as they looked through the windows.
According to Comrade Jackson Timiyan, National President, â€œWe are here today to demand the immediate payment of our bursary for the past two years to stop students from going on rampage.
DESOPADEC has been reluctant and adamant over the payment of studentsâ€™ bursary. We were beaten up previously when we protested to the Government House, Edjeba.
We protested before we were paid that of 2007 in spite of the fact that the bursary payment is one of the major issues in its budget. We have come now but no executive is around to speak to us. We have come peacefully to register our grievances. We shall go home and wait for positive response but when they fail,Â we shall come again.â€
Comrade Timiyan called on the State Government and the State House of Assembly toÂ intervene to ensure that the bursary was paid.
He saidÂ that no meaningful development could take place without a concurrent mental development which had been stressed in the three- point-agenda of the state government.
Commenting on the allegation raised by the students, Prince Monday Whiskey, Senior Special Assistant to the DESOPADEC Chairman, Chief Wellington Okirikra, in a text message, said, â€œIt is not true please. They are just being used to cause trouble.â€