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Youths disrupt NDDC’s forum with contractors, civil society groups

By Jimitota Onoyume

PORT  HARCOURT—  YOUTHS of Niger Delta,  yesterday, disrupted a special session convened by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to hear allegations of corruption levelled against the commission by some contractors.

The youths took over the entrance to the hall for the event at the Presidential Hotel, ordering contractors, members of civil society organisations and others to vacate the hall or risk attack.

Meantime, a civil society leader, Mr David Ugolor, who was invited to the event, described the development as a shame, saying that only an independent body could clean up the alleged mess in the commission.

According to him, the NDDC cannot be a judge when it is at the centre of the allegations.

Efforts to calm the youths were futile as they threatened to smash chairs and tables in the hall if the organisers of the event dared to commence the programme.  In frustration, the organisers  had to announce a  postponement of the exercise to a date that would be communicated to participants.

The protesting youths declined interviews with news men.  Meantime,  spokesman of the commission, Mr Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, described the development as unfortunate, saying that it aborted a genuine attempt by the management of the commission to get to the root of allegations of corruption levelled against the commission by contractors.















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