There was stampede on the East-West Road on Monday, as Ijaw Youths went into the streets to protest the appointment of a sole administrator for the NDDC.
They blocked the Mbiama junction axis of the East West Road, demanding a reversal of the decision and the immediate appointment of a board for the commission, as provided for in the law establishing it.
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Last week, the federal government had announced Okon Akwa as sole administrator, while also sacking the interim management committee.
The aggrieved carried placards with the inscriptions such as “Akpabio focus on your ministry and leave NDDC alone,” “Ijaw youths demand a substantive board for NDDC,” and “Say no to the appointment of administrator for NDDC.”
They also accused the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, of pocketing the region and playing politics with the commission.
Spokesman of IYC, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, who led the protests said in an apparent reference to Akpabio: “Niger Delta is not your personal estate; you cannot pocket a region. We say no to the appointment of a sole administrator. Sole administrator is alien to NDDC act.”