TRACKING >>Hundreds of youths and women from the Niger Delta region yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt over the sealing of the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the Rivers State government.
The Rivers Internal Revenue Service (RIRS) had last week sealed the headquarters of the commission, located along Aba Road, Port Harcourt, over alleged refusal of NDDC to non-remittance of N50 billion revenue.
Dresser in black, the protesters, who carried placards, blocked a section of the ever-busy Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway, chanting songs in solidarity with the NDDC and the Federal Government.
Some of the placards read; ‘Leave NDDC out of Rivers State politics, “NDDC is solely for the development our region’, ‘We say no to unnecessary political interference in the affairs of NDDC’, amongst others.
Speaking to newsmen, one of the protesters, Ronin Jaja, said the sealing of the NDDC headquarters has brought a lot of hardship to most families in the Niger Delta region.
Jaja said: “From the little business we do here we take care of our family. The development clock is thicken already, let no one delay the development of our region because of politics.”
Also speaking, another protester, Degi Tekena, said the people of Bayelsa State are willing to host the NDDC headquarters if the government and people of Rivers State no longer need the commission’s headquarters.
Tekena said: “If Rivers State don’t want to host the Commission again, please, we have a place for the in Bayelsa State.
“This is one of the commission’s that have been living up to it’s expectations, training and retraining of our youths, creating employment, and other developmental programs in the Niger Delta region.”