Women under the aegis of Wailing Women of the Niger Delta (WWND) on Tuesday barricaded the entrance of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Headquarters located at Eastern By-pass in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
The protesters decked in black outfits berated the federal government’s delay in publishing the forensic audit report and constitution of a substantive board of the commission.
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The protesting women carrying placards with various inscriptions such as ‘No more one-man show,’ and ‘Minister we need a board,’ demanded the immediate dissolution of the interim management committee of the NDDC and women’s inclusion anytime the board would be constituted.
The Coordinator of the group, Adienbo Odighonu, told reporters that the women, drawn from different parts of the region, had decided to speak up where the men chose to play politics with the commonwealth of the region.
She called for the immediate sack of the NDDC’s sole administrator, noting that his continuous stay in office contravened the Act that set up the commission.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations in the state, Udu Ogechi, who was on the ground to receive the women’s protest letter, urged the women to be calm while assuring them that their demands would be channeled to the authorities.