Niger Delta

Why Niger Delta Contractors Are Planning Nationwide Protest

The Niger Delta Indigenous Contractors Association on Thursday explained why its members were poised for a nationwide protest.

They contractors said they are protesting the refusal of the management of the Commission to pay outstanding debt owed their members for contracts fully executed in the past.

The contractors consequently issued a 5-day ultimatum to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Interim Administrator Akwa Effiong, and Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio, to pay outstanding debts.

The association’s spokeman, Mr Dressman Darlinton, told a press conference in Abuja that if the duo failed to accede to their demands, a nationwide protest would begin next week.

“The association will protest in the Niger Delta region and the FCT should the interim administrator of the NDDC fail to meet our demand to pay contractors by Tuesday, Feb. 15,” he said.

Darlinton called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a substantive board for the commission as soon as possible to prevent the mismanagement of the commission.

“The association wants the president to consider the request of the Olu of Warri and other prominent Niger Delta stakeholders to, as matter of urgency, constitute and inaugurate a substantive board of the NDDC,” he stressed.