Port Harcourt — The youth wing of Isoko Development Union has threatened to shut down oil facilities in the area, if the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, fails to release the N80million social security funds allegedly owed them by the commission.
President of the group, Ede Hyacinth Ewariezi and Secretary, Unuafe Sunday Edewor, in a statement urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to mandate the Commission to pay Isoko youths their social security funds from January to date.
They said the continued silence by the Governor of not granting the leadership of Isoko Development Union audience and appointment has empowered the Commission to aid and abet discord and disunity in Isoko Nation.
The group also warned that no political rally or campaign would be allowed to hold in Isoko nation starting from the forthcoming bye-election of Isoko South Constituency 1, if the issue is not addressed.
“The deliberate disregard to the leadership of IDU the apex socio-cultural body of Isoko Nation by the Governor and DESOPADEC is an unwholesome development which will no longer be tolerated forthwith.
“Governor Okowa and DESOPADEC should give due regard and respect to Isoko Development Union without further delay.
“We wish to state categorically that failure to address these issues as earlier raised with immediate effect, the youths of Isoko Ethnic Nationality would commence a total lockdown of oil facilities in Isoko Nation.
“No political rally or campaign will be allowed to hold in Isoko Nation starting from the forthcoming bye-election of Isoko South Constituency 1.”