By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—NIGER Delta youths have expressed support for dialogue to end hostilities in the region.
In a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, President, Niger delta Youth Movement, Mr Joe Jackson and his secretary, Amakuro Isaac, said that the Federal Government should also take its anti-graft war to the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, noting that corruption had grossly limited the impact of the commission in the region.
Urging the government to fill the slots of Imo, Abia and Ondo states on the board of the commission, the youth body said youths should not be left out of any dialogue with the Federal Government on how to achieve enduring peace in the region.
“The country’s anti- corruption agencies must begin to beam their searchlight on public institutions in the Niger Delta,” the youths said.
“The current management of the NDDC must ensure transparency, accountability and due process in the award of contracts by the commission, especially that of water hyacinth projects.
“Corruption is at the centre of the region’s underdevelopment and the youths have remained endangered species in their patriotic efforts to the attention of relevant agencies to development challenges of the region,” body said.