A’Ibom ex-militants give FG 14 days ultimatum to sack Efiong Akwa, Dikio

Mr. , the sole administrator of the Niger Delta Development Agency (), has been given a 14-day deadline by a coalition of ex-militants from Akwa Ibom to dismiss him and re-establish a formal board for the commission.

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They also demanded that the Federal Government (FG) fire (rtd) and appoint a substantive special adviser/coordinator for the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) within two weeks.

Former independence warriors under the banner of ‘Unyek Isong’ made the requests in a news release released to journalists in Uyo on Friday, signed by ‘General’ Dede Udofia and ‘Major .’

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They have threatened to stage a mass protest if their demands are not granted within 14 days, during which time all FG projects, parastatals, ExxonMobil facilities/operations, and the NDDC headquarters in the state will be shut down.

”Following a high-level meeting with some ex-militant leaders in Akwa Ibom, Unyek Isong demands the removal of the sole administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the reconstitution of a substantive board to ensure that the interventionist agency operates in accordance with the NDDC Act.

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”We also demand that a substantive special adviser/coordinator for the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) be appointed immediately to replace the temporary administration.

”Even though the nominees for the new NDDC board had already been screened and confirmed by the Senate in 2019, we view the appointment of the Interim Management Commission (IMC) and now a sole administrator to run the affairs of the NDDC and oversee the NDDC forensic audit as illegal,” the press release stated.

They said that having temporary administrators oversee the NDDC and PAP led in fraud, financial irresponsibility, and the seizure of the Niger Delta region’s resources by self-serving politicians.

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