Following the battle line drawn between the Ministry of Niger Delta, Federal Government and ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo( alias Tompolo )over the delay in the constitution of the Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC) Board, Ndokwa Youths Leaders ( NYLA) on Friday urged Federal Government to ensure full representation of Ndokwa ethnic nationality in the board.
Whille insisting that the board’s constitution was long over due, the youths however backed calls from well meaning Nigerians, especially Tompolo, for the constitution of the board by Federal Government or be prepared to face their wraths.
Noting that the federal government over the years,had undermined the relevance of Ndokwa Nation in the area of Internal Revenue Generation ( IGR), the group in a statement signed by its President General, Mr Enebeli Ernest Brown, said that it was important for the federal government to include Ndokwa Indigenes in the NDDC Board.
The statement called on the youths Including stakeholders in the region to rise up to the challenges with a view to ensuring the interest of the Ndokwa nation was addressed, adding that”bring him down” syndrome mentality common among the people must be jettisoned.
“We also called on Ndokwa citizens to throw their weights behind the struggle towards ensuring that Ndokwa Nation was captured in the leadership of the NNDC,” the statement said.
The group, however, said that Ndokwa ethnic nationality which has the largest gas deposit in West Africa had suffered untold hardship and marginalization in the hands of the Federal Government adding that” Ndokwa nation will no longer telorate the insults.
“We commend a stakeholder, Mr Michael Anoka for the role he was playing on issues concenerning the welfare of Ndokwa people and his sustained supports to the Assembly. ”
On Okowa’s administration, the group alleged that enough was not done for the people of Ndokwa adding that” We are not convinced yet that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is doing well for us because we have not seen anything for Ndokwa people.
“Okowa has been working but the people of Ndokwa have not benefitted from his administration. We are urging him to ensure that Ndokwa people have a say in his administration. We condemn the burning down of the police station in Ashaka Community and we call on the police to arrest those who were behind the nefarious activities.”