Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
A prominent group in Niger Delta has dragged the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) before a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt over alleged injustice against the youths of the region.
The group under the aegis of Aggrieved Niger Delta Youths (ANDY) with case file’s number FHC/PH/CS/141/2015 is challenging the alleged failure of the board of NDDC to give the youths of the area their entitlements from the Federal Government.
The group is accusing the NDDC board of diverting the money allegedly meant for the development of the region and the empowerment of the youths to personal purses.
Addressing the journalists yesterday at the court premises in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, the counsel to the ANDY, Barr. Chris Ojobeagu said the group is challenging the reason why the youths of Niger Delta are been deprived of their rights.
Ojobeagu said the substance of the matter is because of the injustice perpetuated on the youths of Niger Delta by the board of administration of NDDC, adding that the youths are not carried along in the programmes of the commission.
His word: “So many programmes have come from the Federal government for the benefits of the youths of the region but got diverted to personal purses of the bosses of the governing personnel with remorse or apology even when we assume that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow.
“We should know that the youths are the target of the entire programmes by the Federal government. They have not felt that NDDC has not given them what has been handed to them from the federal government. And have failed to address them on the issue.
“Several times the group has protested on the streets, sometimes, NDDC will give them promises, other times they will use security men to tear-gas the protesting youths. It is a great injustice and we are not happy. there is this international merchant navy training sponsored by oil companies. This training was supposed to be done in Dubai, the money was released to NNDC. So where is the money?”