Phys­i­cally chal­lenged per­sons’ protest against NDDC’S fail­ure to pay them

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Ann God­win, Port Har­court

PHYS­I­CALLY chal­lenged per­sons in Port Har­court yes­ter­day protested against the fail­ure of the Niger Delta De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (NDDC) to pay them the N3mil­lion it promised them.

The pro­test­ers, un­der the aegis of “Niger Delta Great Minds Foun­da­tion of Peo­ple with De­for­mity,” bar­ri­caded the Port Har­court/aba road with their wheel chairs, crutches and other items.

The Pres­i­dent of the group, Emoto Azikiwe Femi, said they were grieved by the ac­tion of the com­mis­sion’s of­fi­cials, who had failed to pay them the money de­spite that it had since been ap­proved.

Ac­cord­ing to them, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the NDDC, Se­na­tor God­win Ndoma-egba, promised to pay them the money last month for their wel­fare.

The de­vel­op­ment caused traf­fic grid­lock, as ve­hi­cles com­ing in and out of Port Har­court were held up, forc­ing mo­torists and com­muters to take al­ter­na­tive routes. At­tempts by some drivers to per­suade them to shift to one side of the four-lane road were un­suc­cess­ful, as they in­sisted on hav­ing their way.

Po­lice­men who were de­ployed in the area fur­ther com­pounded the move­ment of ve­hi­cles, as they for­ti­fied the main en­trance to the NDDC’S of­fice with their pa­trol ve­hi­cles.

Femi said: “We came to the com­mis­sion last month to seek au­di­ence with the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, which he granted. At the end of our in­ter­ac­tion, he promised to back-roll our trans­porta­tion fare from our var­i­ous states and lo­ca­tions with N3 mil­lion.

“But the di­rec­tor of youths urged us to come back in two weeks time, by which time the money would have been pro­cessed. But when we came, the money was not ready, and they have been drib­bling us since then.”

He lamented that the N560 mil­lion skills ac­qui­si­tion pro­posal that the group sub­mit­ted to the com­mis­sion since 2014, had not been at­tended to.

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