The umbrella body of the Ijaw Youths under the aegis of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC),have blockEd the East -West along the Mbiama axis in protest against the appointment of Effiong Okon-Akwa, as the Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa who was appointed by President Mohammed Buhari, was the Ag. Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Commission, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The protest on Monday, led Ebilade Ekerefe, Spokesman of IYC accused the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio of pocketing the region and playing politics with NDDC thereby undermining the region development for selfish gains .
His word : “Niger Delta is not your personal estate ; you cannot pocket a region .We say no to the appointment of a sole administrator. Sole administrator is alien to NDDC act”.
The blockage has led to heavy traffic gridlock with travelers plying the route stranded .