Persons claiming to be landlords of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, on Monday 25th October 2021, prevented workers of the agency from gaining access to their offices.
It is not clear what the grouse of the so-called landlords who took over the place is.
Eyewitnesses said the demonstrators arrived early and systematically took over the main access into the premises.
Pleas by workers asking to be allowed passage to their offices reportedly fell on deaf ears.
Recall that it has not been long that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs under Senator Godswill Akpabio inspired the completion of the Commission’s headquarters at Marine Base.
This development further resulted in the official hand over of the structure along Aba Road in Port Harcourt used as the headquarters of the Niger Delta based interventionist agency to the Rivers State Government.
We have learnt that workers who arrived early on Monday were unsuccessful in their bid to gain entrance into the facility.
They were seen making frantic calls, possibly to their superiors, as the protest gathered momentum.
Head of the Interim Management Committee which supervised the financial ordered by the Federal Government was not available to address the protesters.
We have learnt that Awa who was allegedly on assignment is most likely to make himself available today,.
Insiders within the Commission told this publication that the NDDC’s top hand has already been briefed of the development.
They also revealed that they were expecting Awa to intervene, at least to arrest the situation and enable staff of the Commission to return to work.
Meanwhile, the demonstrators acting under the aegis of a body of landlords are insisting their voices must be heard by the authorities.
They are quoted as saying they would leave for their homes if the top brass of the Commission were to address their concerns.
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