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N’Delta women leaders lament neglect, task FG on NDDC forensic report

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
29 August 2023   |   3:11 am
Women leaders of Ijaw ethnic nationalities and critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta region have lamented that despite their contributions in the struggle for justice, equity and development in the region, they have been neglected and relegated.

Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) building. Photo/facebook/officialNDDC

Women leaders of Ijaw ethnic nationalities and critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta region have lamented that despite their contributions in the struggle for justice, equity and development in the region, they have been neglected and relegated.

Leader of the group and foremost Niger Delta activist, Ann Kio Briggs, while speaking during and interactive session in Port Harcourt, yesterday, lamented that women have not had their due rights in appointments, development, political and economic recognitions in all areas of government and regional buildings to match the efforts they have put in the struggle over the years.

This is as Briggs tasked the Federal Government to make public the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) forensic audit report.

Recall that former President Muhammadu Buhari received the NDDC forensic report in September 2021. Barely two years after the report was submitted, it is still unavailable to the public, despite clamours by various groups, including civil society organisations.

With the submission of the report to the then president, Nigerians had expected actions on it, including arrest and prosecution of those indicted in the report.