NDYC wants NDDC N500b Increased To N5 trillion

By Niger Delta Youth Coalition (NDYC)

A pressure group, Niger Delta Youth Coalition (NDYC) has called for upward review of N500 billion budgeted for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to N5 trillion.

National Coordinator of NDYC, Prince Emmanuel Ogba who made the call Saturday in Port Harcourt said N500b is grossly inadequate for the the development of the region.

According to Ogba, " there are thousands of abandoned projects scattered across the region.

" The budget of N500b cannot even address the needs of one of the nine NDDC states much more for the entire region.

" So much has been abandoned, underdevelopment has so accumulated because NDDC can't be said to have done anything in recent years ".

He appealed to stakeholders in NDDC to support the administration of the new management to succeed in the interest of the region .

Prince Ogba who described the terrian of the Niger Delta region as complex, and expensive to develop, insisted that unless adequate funds are given to the new management, it would be difficult for it to make the needed impact.