Commercial activities were shut down as youths of Ogoni land under the auspices of Ogoni Youth Federation staged a protest match at the Eleme section of the East-West road.
This as a result delayed the completion of the failed portion of the road along Eleme Local Government Area
Speaking during the protest, President of Ogoni Youth Federation, Legborsi Yaamabana gave federal government 14-days ultimatum to immediately mobilize contractors to site to construct the road or face a full blown protest.
“Since the beginning of the construction of the failed portion of this Eleme road, the contractors have not even employed single son of Ogoni and Eleme son to work.
“They keep recruiting strangers, the little the youths will use to help themselves were denied from them.
“We are not happy with this development; we are giving the federal government 14 days to fix the road and also employ Eleme sons in the construction or the outcome will not be friendly.”
The Ogoni Youth President further called for the dissolution of the Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Akwa and appoint a substantive board for the commission.
“The interim administration of the NDDC is long overdue. So we are calling for the dissolution of the board because we can see that is the indirect way the federal government is using to practice corruption in the region.
“We want a new and permanent management to be constituted to enable for more development and involvement of the Niger Delta youths in the affairs of the government.
On their part, President of Alesa Youth Council, Abe as well as the immediate past Eastern Zonal Chairman of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and the a representative of the Onne Youth Council while speaking in unity called on President Buhari to attend to the need of the Ogoni people or await a total shutdown of all economic activities in Ogoni land.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is keeping calm and we are not happy about it. Let him remember his promise to the people of Ogoni when he came for campaign in Ogoni land.
Our correspondent who monitored the protest reports that the state of the road and bridges were deplorable.