The leadership of the Ijaw Youths Council worldwide, the Ijaw Youths Council has declared the readiness to shut down the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State over the appointment of Sole Administrator instead of a substantive board.

The National Spokesman of the Ijaw Youths Council, Comr. Ebilade Ekerefe, in a statement yesterday commending Ijaw youths for their huge turn out during the Monday blockage of the East-West road for over three hours in protest against the appointment of a sole administrator.

Ekerefe, who particularly thanked the three zonal chairmen; Comr. Clever Inodu of Central Zone, Chief Frank Akiefa of Western Zone and Comr. Tobi James of Eastern Zone for joining the national leadership in demonstrating courage and capacity during the protest, noted that the protest is not over.

According to him, “it is a litmus test compared to the next protest that will be staged in the NDDC headquarters, port harcourt by Ijaw youths until president Buhari corrects himself from the error in judgement and appoint a substantive board that will fast track developments in the region as enshrined in the NDDC act.”

The Spokesman reassured Ijaw youths and stakeholders of the region that the IYC will no longer sleep over matters of fundamental regional interest, but will go all out legitimately to push for the right things to be done.

Finally, he thanked the security agencies for the professional conduct in the discharge of their duties which to a large extent contributed to the peaceful demonstration without brigandage at the East West road.