The people of the Ijaw ethnic group have been reminded that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), was not created for them alone hence the need to accommodate other ethnic groups in their agitation for changes in the commission.

Forums of Ijaw YouthCouncil further said that the commission was to cater for the development ofall the groups in the Niger Delta. The zonal and chapter chairmen of the IjawYouths Council (IYC) Worldwide also denied calling for the removal of the newlyappointed Sole Administrator, NDDC, Effiong Akwa, and the Minister of NigerDelta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

It would be recalledthat in a protest letter purportedly addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari,the Forum of IYC Zonal and Chapter Chairmen (FIZCC) threatened to shut down theheadquarters of the NDDC if the demand for the removal of Akwa and Akpabio wasnot met within seven days.

However, the Chairman ofFIZCC, Henry Oyobolo, and the Secretary of the forum, James Tobin, who weresaid to have appended their signatures to the letter, denied it.

Oyobolo, who is also the chairman of, IYC Lagos zone, and Tobin, who heads the Eastern zone, disassociated themselves from the call for the immediate sacking of Akwa and Akpabio.

In a letter ofdisclaimer addressed to the Office of the President, the duo said: “We herebyuse this medium to disassociate ourselves (chairmen of IYC Zonal and Chapters’Forum) from any publication being circulated by some persons or groups askingfor the immediate sacking of the newly appointed sole administrator of NigerDelta Development Commission (NDDC) and the immediate removal of the Ministerof Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio”.

Also, another group, theWatchdog for Progressive Ijaw (WPI) observed unwarranted protests in somesections of the oil-rich region over Akwa’s appointment.

In a statement signed by its Coordinator, Lambert Olambo, the WPI stated it was disturbing that most of the demonstrations, including the recent blockade of the Mbiama axis of the East-West Road, was by the Ijaw-speaking part of the region.

Olambo said while other ethnic nationalities in the region appeared to have aligned themselves with the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to first clean up the NDDC before impaneling a new board, some Ijaw stakeholders had become a willing tool to frustrate the arrangement.

He said, “Why is it that only a section of the Ijaw is opposed to Mr. President’s decision? Our investigations reveal that those opposed to Akwa’s appointment are doing so out of ethnic bias. They believe that they can only support such an appointment if it comes from Ijaw.

“These same people supported Keme Pondei’s appointment to lead the dissolved Interim Management Committee (IMC) of NDDC without asking for a new board despite financial profligacy against that committee. They did so because they believe that Pondei is from Ijaw land.

“WPI is opposed to thiskind of nepotic and tribalistic thinking. As progressives, Niger Delta is notall about Ijaw alone. NDDC was not created for only Ijaw. We have many otherethnic nationalities in the region, and we as Ijaw need to unite with all ofthem and build bridges across them for effective solidarity and betterbargaining power.”

They, however, backedthe council for asking the Federal Government to appoint a substantive managingdirector and a board to run the affairs of the NDDC.

The people of the Ijaw ethnic group have been reminded that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), was not created for them alone hence the need to accommodate other ethnic groups in their agitation for changes in the commission.

Forums of Ijaw YouthCouncil further said that the commission was to cater for the development ofall the groups in the Niger Delta. The zonal and chapter chairmen of the IjawYouths Council (IYC) Worldwide also denied calling for the removal of the newlyappointed Sole Administrator, NDDC, Effiong Akwa, and the Minister of NigerDelta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

It would be recalledthat in a protest letter purportedly addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari,the Forum of IYC Zonal and Chapter Chairmen (FIZCC) threatened to shut down theheadquarters of the NDDC if the demand for the removal of Akwa and Akpabio wasnot met within seven days.

However, the Chairman ofFIZCC, Henry Oyobolo, and the Secretary of the forum, James Tobin, who weresaid to have appended their signatures to the letter, denied it.

Oyobolo, who is also the chairman of, IYC Lagos zone, and Tobin, who heads the Eastern zone, disassociated themselves from the call for the immediate sacking of Akwa and Akpabio.

In a letter ofdisclaimer addressed to the Office of the President, the duo said: “We herebyuse this medium to disassociate ourselves (chairmen of IYC Zonal and Chapters’Forum) from any publication being circulated by some persons or groups askingfor the immediate sacking of the newly appointed sole administrator of NigerDelta Development Commission (NDDC) and the immediate removal of the Ministerof Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio”.

Also, another group, theWatchdog for Progressive Ijaw (WPI) observed unwarranted protests in somesections of the oil-rich region over Akwa’s appointment.

In a statement signed by its Coordinator, Lambert Olambo, the WPI stated it was disturbing that most of the demonstrations, including the recent blockade of the Mbiama axis of the East-West Road, was by the Ijaw-speaking part of the region.

Olambo said while other ethnic nationalities in the region appeared to have aligned themselves with the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to first clean up the NDDC before impaneling a new board, some Ijaw stakeholders had become a willing tool to frustrate the arrangement.

He said, “Why is it that only a section of the Ijaw is opposed to Mr. President’s decision? Our investigations reveal that those opposed to Akwa’s appointment are doing so out of ethnic bias. They believe that they can only support such an appointment if it comes from Ijaw.

“These same people supported Keme Pondei’s appointment to lead the dissolved Interim Management Committee (IMC) of NDDC without asking for a new board despite financial profligacy against that committee. They did so because they believe that Pondei is from Ijaw land.

“WPI is opposed to thiskind of nepotic and tribalistic thinking. As progressives, Niger Delta is notall about Ijaw alone. NDDC was not created for only Ijaw. We have many otherethnic nationalities in the region, and we as Ijaw need to unite with all ofthem and build bridges across them for effective solidarity and betterbargaining power.”

They, however, backedthe council for asking the Federal Government to appoint a substantive managingdirector and a board to run the affairs of the NDDC.