By Chidi Nkwopara & Chinonso Alozie
OWERRI—Scores of protesting youths from Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, said they are no longer comfortable with the way the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, was giving facelift to non-oil bearing communities instead of theirs.
The angry youths, who were acting under the umbrella union of Niger Delta Youths Movement, NDYM, stormed the Owerri office of the commission and stopped the contracting firm that was handling a road job for the establishment..
Speaking to newsmen at the scene of the protest, the President, Comrade Omuruka Kingsley Chigozie, assured that they would adopt a peaceful approach to their agitation.
“The protest is a way of expressing anger over the way the commission has denied us access to good roads,” Chigozie said.
It was his opinion that NDDC and Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ISOPADEC, “are bodies established to develop the rural areas and particularly the oil producing communities.”
He accused NDDC management of denying people from Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta local government areas, of the dividends of democracy.
“It is sad to note that other local government areas in the state that are not oil landlords are benefitting more from NDDC”, Chigozie said.
Continuing, the Imo NDYM boss said: “Today, road projects are going in Mbaise, Mbano, Owerri Municipality and other local government areas, courtesy of NDDC, but none is going on in the two oil producing councils.”