By Ochuko Akuopha
OLEH—FORUM of Former Youth Leaders of Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, condemned allegations of diversion of N1.4 billion Ndokwa youths empowerment funds leveled against the Deputy Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Friday Osanebi, by the Coalition of Ndokwa Youths.
The coalition, it will be recalled, had alleged that the money was provided by the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, for the empowerment of youths of Ndokwa nation.
Reacting to the allegation, leader of the forum, Israel Arueighe, said there was no iota of truth in their claim, saying that the commission has a Youth Directorate where verification could be made.
Noting that Osanebi had on his own been empowering Ndokwa youths “even before 2011,” he said, “the unwarranted allegations and restiveness are not the hallmarks of our youths.
“We beg Osanebi to forgive this group since their allegations are baseless.”