Western Zone IYC Hails Buhari On Tonlagha’s Appointment, Expresses Wonder On NDDC Board Inauguration

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) in Western Zone has appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of a Western Zone son Capt. John Roland Tonlagha as Executive Commissioner on Health and Safety Environment, HSE.

While congratulating Tonlagha, the IYC have wondered on the delay in constituting the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) substantive board.

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the duo of Olu Derimon Secretary and Lugard Izoukumor, Information Officer: for IYC Western Zone, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide yesterday.

The statement reads below:

Press Statement

January 17, 2022

Tonlagha’s Appointment: IYC Applauds President Buhari

…Asks President Buhari What is Delaying the NDDC Board….

The Ijaw Youth Council; IYC, Western Zone, led by Dr. Doubra Okotete, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari, over the appointment of Captain John Roland Tonlagha as Executive Commissioner on Health and Safety Environment, HSE, describing the appointment as a momentous call that will address the devastating environmental setbacks, in Ijaw Communities and the Niger Delta by extension.

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As a socio-cultural organization empowered to speak for the socioeconomic and adverse environmental effects on Ijaw people, we believe our brand new Executive Commissioner HSE who is an Ijaw man understands the issues affecting our ecosystem and our people. The IYC’s leadership in Western Zone [Delta, Edo and Ondo States] will give Mr. Tonlagha the necessary support and by extension the commission where a conducive atmosphere will be created for the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) for the overall good of Ijaw Communities, and indeed the Niger Delta at large.

However, we are still astonished by what is delaying the constitution of the NDDC Board. Ijaw people and Niger Deltans in general, particularly the youths are becoming agitated by the excessive politics hovering around constituting a substantive board of the NDDC.

We therefore call on President Buhari to take thorough introspection to the kind of legacy he may wish to imprint in constituting the substantive board which sole mandate is the development of the Niger Delta.

Signed Olu Derimon Secretary and
Lugard Izoukumor
Information Officer: for IYC Western Zone

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