Business and other sundry activities at the Benin Airport Tuesday was halted for several hours by some youths who claimed to be indigenes from the oil producing communities in Edo State
The angry youths, made real their earlier threats to
shut down federal government establishments in Benin if their demand to for one of their own to be appointed a representative for Edo State on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC).
They have also given the federal government a 21-day ultimatum to respond to their demand.
The youths disrupted free movement at the Benin Airport by locking both the exit and entrance gates leading to the airport terminal for several hours.
They vowed to continue to press for the appointment of a substantive NDDC nominee, saying: “Edo remains the only state in the federation without a Commissioner in the entire NDDC board”.
Displaying placards with inscriptions such as ‘Edo Youths says no to marginalization’, ‘we want NDDC Commissioner’, ‘President Jonathan should appoint Edo NDDC Commissioner’ and ‘Stop playing politics with our lives’ among others, the protesters vowed not to stop until they achieve their goal.
Spoke person for the group Comrade Iyamu Osaro said: “We are here to urge President Goodluck Jonathan to give us an Edo State NDDC Commissioner within 21 days and failure to do so; we shall not hesitate to barricade all federal government parastatals. We are here to send a strong message to the President, why is Jonathan playing politics with the appointment of a Commissioner?
“We are saying the era where politicians play politics with development is over, other states have gotten their commissioners why is Edo State different? We are calling on the President to immediately do the needful.”