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IYC moves against NDDC contractors over abandoned projects


Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.

The central zone of the Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) has threatened to go after contractors who abandoned Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects in Bayelsa State after collecting money.

At an emergency meeting in Yenagoa, leaders of IYC in the zone alleged that some Abuja-based politicians hijacked the contracts, shared them and collected the money without executing the projects.

It was learnt that Bayelsa State currently has the highest number of abandoned NDDC projects in the Niger Delta, which made Governor Seriake Dickson to inaugurate a committee to assess the level of completion of the jobs as well as collate the number.

The IYC leaders resolved to send a list of the abandoned projects and the politicians behind them to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The chairman of IYC, central zone, Barrister Tare Porri, told journalists after the meeting that the council was pained that the contracts meant for youths to curb their restiveness in the state were also cornered by the politicians.

“We carried out independent investigations and it was revealed that water hyacinth job that was hitherto given to the youths were diverted by our leaders and politicians. They shared the jobs among themselves and never gave any one to the youths in this zone.

“We are aware that some bigwigs in the National Assembly took some of the jobs. Our waterways in our respected communities are blocked because of water hyacinth. They took these jobs without executing them.

“IYC central zone condemned the act in its entirety, knowing that the jobs were awarded for different purposes,” he said. Porri who hinted that the NDDC was set to award a new set of water hyacinth jcontracts, expressed worry that the same political contractors had begun move to hijack the jobs.

“This time around, we will resist any attempt by leaders who do not mean well for the well being of the youths. We are calling on the managing director of NDDC to follow the laid down procedure in awarding the jobs to persons affected by the hyacinth. The jobs should be given to the youths because when we get them we will ensure that they are done,” he said.

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