In keeping with their promise, youths of the south south region on Tuesday morning took over the corporate head office of the NDDC as they begin the protest against the continued delay in the inauguration of the board of the commission.
This is coming just as the sole administrator, Mr Effiong Akwa has relocated from his residence to Golden Tulip Hotel. Sources said he chose to relocate because of mounting pressure on him.
Some 14 days ago, the youths had announced that they would shut down activities at the commission until a new board is inaugurated by the president, Muhammadu Buhari.
Apart from pushing for the inauguration of the board of the commission that was screened and confirmed by the senate, the youths are also asking for the sack of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Security operatives had positioned themselves in strategic places around the commission’s head office on Tuesday morning, apparently to scare the protesting youths who starting trooping into the area at various times.
The undaunted youths, in no distant time, took over the area, chanting songs of abuses against the minister. “When I remember Akpabio, water run away my eyes, aye aye water run away my eyes” was one of the songs they kept singing.
Coordinator of the protest and president of the South South Youth Initiative, Mr Imeabe Saviour Oscar said the youths would not vacate the gate of the NDDC until a new board was announced.