The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Western Zone, has called on DESOPADEC to obey the law setting up the commission by paying Ijaw contractors and give other entitlements due the Ijaw ethnic nationality or it threatened to mobilize and lead a mass protest to shut down the DESOPADEC gate to stop operations.
IYC Western zone Chairman, Mr. Frank Akiefa made the threat in an electronic message sent via email to Daily Watch in Warri, said ‘‘ It is not gainsaying that the commission is setting aside the law of production and embarking on impunity and neglect of the Ijaw contractors thereby diverting the fund for personal gains.
‘‘This has snowballed into intolerable hardship and death of members of the vendors’ family who are unable to provide for their families. Some vendors have had their property seized by banks, money lenders, and other financial institutions due to their inability to pay back the loans with which they took to execute the contract’’ he stated.
He however asserted that IYC Western Zone has resolved to come in mass to stage a peaceful protest to shut down the commission until their demands are met. IYC also called on the Governor of Delta State Dr.Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa to immediately call the Board to order before break down of law and order.