The details of the meeting between the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and a former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, emerged. The Minister met Tompolo at his home in Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.
Akpabio’s visit to Tompolo is coming on the heels of the seven-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government demanding the constitution of a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Earlier, Tompolo had threatened that failure to inaugurate the board of the NDDC within seven days would lead to the total shutdown of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, which would cripple the country’s economy.
Meanwhile, scores of Urhobo youths, under the aegis of the Urhobo Progress Union Youth Wing, had on Thursday shut down the Delta State office of the NDDC in the Warri South Local Government Area of the state.
The Urhobo youth mobilised on a peaceful protest to the NDDC office, sang solidarity songs as they barricaded the entrance to the community and vowed that they would not leave the NDDC office until the Federal Government constitute and inaugurate a substantive board.
The President of the union, Efemena Umukoro, faulted the idea of appointing a sole administrator for the NDDC. He alleged that Akpabio had done more harm than good to the people of the Niger Delta region.
Umukoro further opined that there are no signs of NDDC’s performance in the region. He also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to disclose the names of the persons who had allegedly defrauded the people of the Niger Delta region.