28 October 2013, Benin – Youths from oil producing communities in Niger Delta states have kicked against the appointment of a non-indigene of oil producing communities as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, by the federal government. They also insist that other sensitive positions in the commission must also be filled by persons from the communities.
The youths, at the end of an emergency meeting in Warri, Delta State, between representatives of oil producing communities from Edo State, notably Obozogbe-Nugu, Ikobi, Oben and Iguelaba, (OBIKOBIG), Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) and Ijaw youths, warned that they would shut down oil wells and flowing stations in the region if their warning was not taken seriously by the authorities.
In a communiqué at the end of the meeting, by Chief A.M Bubor-National Chairman (HOSTOM), Alfred Enofe (Grand Patron OBICOBIG), John Osazuwa- Iguelaba, Vincent Amadin-Oben, Chief Friday Omoragbon- Oben, Victor Enoma-Ikobi and others, the youths appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President, David Mark, the Senate Committee on NDDC, and others who believed in the peace and unity of the country, to appoint the right persons from oil producing communities into sensitive positions in the Commission to avoid chaos and anarchy.
– Gabriel Enogholase, Vanguard