Dozens of youths in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State have taken to the street to protest against the rate of abandoned projects in their communities by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC in the state.
The youths, while describing the commission as a curse to the communities, were bearing placards with different inscriptions such as “NDDC Is A Scam, Govt has Failed Us,” “NDDC Is A Curse To Ilaje,” “Make Our Schools Affordable” among others.
The leader of the protesting youth, Juliet Ehinmowo, admonished the Federal government to probe the activities of the commission in the Ilaje communities.
“The NDDC has been a curse to the people of Ilaje and not a blessing as our communities are at the brink of extinction.
“What the NDCC only do in Ilaje is to erect sign posts with the inscription of multiple billion naira contract and they have turned Ilaje to a dungeon by littering our land with so many ghost projects.
” When you see documentary on the media, you would notice that Ilaje community is no where to be found on list of completed projects.
“NDDC has not done any meaningfu project in Ilaje for years and our people are suffering. Our land is not good for farming and that is why we are into fishing.
“We are using this period to tell the FG to call the commission to order and let them come to our land and develop the community.
“We can’t continue to open our eyes and leave our land to be destroyed by the sea incursions and untoward attitude of the NDDC,” she added.