Youths in the Niger Delta region on Thursday said the posture of the Federal Government towards the Niger Delta should not be misconstrued to mean that President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio are against Substantive Board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The youths also said that decisions on ongoing forensic audit and appointment of a sole administrator for the Commission are in line with transparency, accountability and new standards.
‘’The appointment of Effiong Akwa as the head of the agency and the decision to delay the substantive board until the completion of the forensic audit ordered by President Buhari should be seen in the same light’’.
Speaking to journalists shortly after a closed-door meeting of prominent Niger Delta youth groups in Port Harcourt, Chairman of Niger Delta Youths Forum (NDYF), Dr. Amos Idahosa, said the NDDC forensic audit was being blown out of proportion by the same people who had done much damage to the region.
‘’We agree with the rights to pressure the system but we do not agree with the method of some of our associates’’
They described some youths in the region as political jobbers who have lost their relevance under the new dispensation and are ready to do anything to rubbish President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Godswill Akpabio.
‘’We need to salvage them from the thralldom of intolerance, which stems from ignorance. They should sheathe their swords’’
The leaders of youth organizations in the region noted that the region’s development is being hindered by the activities of some youths.
‘’Anybody who harbours the belief that some youths in the region are interested in the development of the region is dead from the neck up. The recent action of some youths is not good for business. It is capable of discouraging foreign investments’’
The Niger Delta youths also condemned the arrogant posture of some politicians.
‘’The Niger Delta youths are aware of the value of the forensic audit and the influence of the sole administrator in improving the general standards of the region. Some youths in the region are opposing Buhari, Akpabio and Akwa in order that we might continue to remain underdeveloped’’
They hailed President Buhari for strategizing on how to get bad eggs out of the system, strengthening the Commission, establishing new framework and enthroning good and focused leadership.
They also commended Akpabio for moving the region from a state of doldrums, stepping up development and managing the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs honestly and effectively for the benefit of the public.
The Niger Delta youths scolded some young boys in the region for creating unhealthy atmosphere for the activities of local and foreign investors
President Muhammadu Buhari had, in January 2019, ordered a forensic audit of the operations of the NDDC from 2001 to 2019.