Saturday, July 30, 2011

Probe: Youths Protest In Support Of NDDC Boss

Jonathan does not need  a probe or proof that the NDDC (and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs) have not demonstrated expected probity or performance. But as this article indicates, he does need cover for his next move -- which should come sooner rather than later. DL

30 July 2011

Barely 24 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan raised a committee to investigate the crisis at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), tension, on Thursday, mounted in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as youths numbering about 500 disrupted activities at the office of the interventionist agency.

The protest, which would have turned violent, but for the intervention of policemen and a detachment of soldiers from a nearby army formation, was staged in support of the Managing Director of the NDDC, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha, as they chanted songs in his favour, warning against his possible removal from office.

Ugwoha has nonetheless denied sponsoring the youths, saying that their action was based on their understanding of the situation at the NDDC.

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