Youths in the Niger Delta Monday chased staff of the NDDC out of their offices in Port Harcourt.
The action is coming in the wake of increasing calls by stakeholders across the oil-rich region who are asking for the establishment of a governing board.
The youths led by the Ijaw Youth Congress warned staff of the Commission not to return to their seats until the Federal Government has set up a new managing board.
They also stressed that they were not interested in who would be appointed to serve on the board.
All they want, they explained, was for the authorities to do the right thing by respecting the dictates of the law which set up the NDDC.
According to them, the NDDC does not belong either to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio or his home state, Akwa Ibom.
They however said they could no longer tolerate an arrangement which hoists a sole administrator on the institution set up for the benefit of the people of the Niger Delta.
The youths said that the NDDC came on stream as a result of years of struggle as well as the blood and lives of the people who died in the fight to have a better Niger Delta region.
They noted that all they are pushing for is the development of the Niger Delta region.
It is still not clear why the governing board has not been announced by the Federal Government.
There are indications that a board may be constituted soon.
Knowledgeable sources within the Niger Delta reveal that the names of possible nominees have been forwarded.
They are however saying that what is now left is for President Muhammadu Buhari to make a formal pronouncement.
A Port Harcourt Telegraph Correspondent in the Niger Delta recalls that Ijaw youths have asked oil companies in the region to begin the process of shutting down their operations.
That warning came as the ultimatum issued by the IYC ran its full course and Ijaw youths prepared to pursue their demand to the letter.
We are yet to confirm if oil companies are willing to heed the warning to shutdown their intricate operations in the creeks.
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