Some youths in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State have protested what they described as continued “trend of abandoned projects” by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC in the state.
According to the youths, who stormed the NDDC office in the southern senatorial district area of the state, the commission, which was created to see to the needs of the oil rich riverine communities, had countless number of uncompleted projects littering the areas.
The youths, who were armed with placard bearing different inscriptions such as “NDDC Is A Scam, Govt has Failed Us,” “NDDC Is A Curse To Ilaje,” “Make Our Schools Affordable” among others, also described the commission as a curse to the communities.
Juliet Ehinmowo, who led the protest, said that there was need for the Federal Government to probe critically into the activities of NDDC in the Ilaje communities.
“The NDDC has been a curse to the people of Ilaje and not a blessing as our communities are at the brink of extinction.
“What the NDCC only do in Ilaje is to erect sign posts with the inscription of multiple billion naira contract and they have turned Ilaje to a dungeon by littering our land with so many ghost projects.
” When you see documentary on the media, you would notice that Ilaje community is no where to be found on list of completed projects.
“NDDC has not done any meaningfu project in Ilaje for years and our people are suffering. Our land is not good for farming and that is why we are into fishing.
“We are using this period to tell the FG to call the commission to order and let them come to our land and develop the community.
“We can’t continue to open our eyes and leave our land to be destroyed by the sea incursions and untoward attitude of the NDDC,” she added.