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Ijaw youths threaten NASS shutdown over NDDC Act amendment

By Julius Osahon (Yenagoa) and Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri)
17 November 2021   |   3:14 am
Ijaw youths have threatened to shut down National Assembly in solidarity with senators from the region, who have rejected planned amendment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act to include Bauchi, Lagos, and Ogun states.

Ijaw youths

It’s political gang-up, says Anyanwu

Ijaw youths have threatened to shut down National Assembly in solidarity with senators from the region, who have rejected planned amendment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act to include Bauchi, Lagos, and Ogun states.

The controversial Bill is sponsored by Senator Olamilekan Adeola, representing Lagos West Senatorial District. In a statement, yesterday, Ijaw youths under the umbrella of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) worldwide, said the planned amendment was provocative, subversive and another attempt by strange elements to share the resources of the region.

The statement signed by Ebilade Ekerefe, national spokesman, called on ex-militant leaders in the Niger Delta agitation, including Government Ekpemukpolo (also known as Tompolo), Ebikabowei Victor Ben (also known as Boyloaf), King Ateke Tom, High Chief Bibopere Ajube (alias Shoot-at-Sight) and other agitators from the region to speak against the plan.

The IYC said it would put security agencies on notice over their planned solidarity march to the National Assembly.
SIMILARLY, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Secretary-elect, Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu, has faulted the move to amend the NDDC Act, describing it as “ a political gang up.”

Anyanwu, also described the bill as “wicked, selfish and politically motivated.”

In a statement yesterday by his Media Adviser, Ikenna Onuoha, Anyanwu wondered why National Assembly legislators were routing to include the three states.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has commenced training programmes to prepare Niger Delta youths for loans offered by the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).

PAP is facilitating the process through capacity building to help entrepreneurs in the region get qualifications required to apply for the loans.

The first phase of the training, which had 60 youths in attendance, kicked off in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Monday. The Interim Administrator, PAP, Col. Milland Dikio (rtd), said 3000 entrepreneurs had opportunities to benefit from the loans to expand their businesses.