A South-South based group, Ikwerre Peoples Congress (IPC) has thrown its weight behind the ultimatum issued to the Federal Government by the ex-Niger Delta agitators to reconstitute the governing board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The group decried the non-reconstitution of the board since the second administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the situation was not only long overdue but was unknown to the law establishing the NDDC.
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In a statement which was signed by the Chairman, Livingstone Wechie and three others, the group maintained that “for lack of board”, the people of the South-South people have been denied of some entitlements, hence, they detested the one man superintendence of the organisation.
Part of the statement read: “This is to the effect that all Stakeholders have been denied their statutory entitlement and this is only aimed at further compromising the Commission and destabilising the Niger Delta region in general.
“IPC warns that we shall no longer tolerate this veiled conspiracy against our region.
“IPC in agreement with our people in the diaspora hereby commends the strategic actions of our Ijaw brothers for their role in championing the demand for the reconstitution of the NDDC Board which is long overdue.
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“We particularly commend the renowned Niger Delta Agitator from Gbaramatu Kingdom, High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo for insisting that the NDDC Board must be reconstituted within the issued ultimatum and we agree with him.”
The IPC further asserted that they would mobilise against what they claimed is a cheat against the people of the region.
The statement continued: “Going forward, the people of this region must now mobilise and resist all attempts to short-change our people from our statutory entitlements by those known blacklegs planted amongst us to sabotage our development and blackmail the region.
“IPC holds that the failure of the Federal Government and the Honourable Minister for Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godshill Akpabio in not reconstituting the NDDC Board for years now is criminal and deliberate”, they said.
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