Ijaw Youths Block East-West Road In Protest, Demand Appointment Of Substantive NDDC Board

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There was heavy gridlock at the Mbiama-Yenagoa junction of the East-West road on Monday as youths under the umbrella of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) world, blocked the ever busy road, protesting the appointment of Sole Administrator instead of a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The protesters who gathered at the Mbiama-Yenagoa junction of the federal highway as early as 6.30 a.m. used trailer, trucks and other equipment to barricade the road.

The youths, armed with placards with various inscriptions said the appointment of sole administration will fuel crisis in the region.

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The protesters, led by the spokesman of the IYC, Ebilade Ekerefe; Treasurer of the same body, Ebifoubo Timilaemi, and Chairman, Central Zone of the IYC, Ebi James, among others, accused the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, of allegedly pocketing the region and playing politics with NDDC thereby undermining the region’s development for selfish gains.

Travellers were caught in the gridlock on the usually busy road spanning more than two kilometres on the Bayelsa and Rivers State stretch of the road.

Attempts by some armed soldiers and former Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, Dr. Godknows Igali, who was also caught up in the gridlock to convince the protesters to clear the blockade failed.

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