Following the seeming relief on the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, by the withdrawal of ultimatum by former militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, weekend, the Benin Solidarity Movement BSM, yesterday said it would no longer tolerate what it described as the apparent marginalization it is people despite having the largest gas reserve in Benin land.
Recall that the federal government intervention agency had been in the eye of the storm following delay in constituting a board by the Godwin Akpabio led commission.
BSM in a statement signed by its Global President, Comrade Curtis Ugbo, also berated the commission alleging that it has failed to meet the yearning, aspiration and the core purpose it was established by the federal government.
He warned that the group would no longer fold it hands and allow the commission to continue to deny the Benin’s the benefits that should come to the state even as he described majority of the projects embarked upon by the commission as ‘white-elephant‘ project meant to siphoned money meant for the development of the Niger Delta.
“We are challenging the NDDC to come and tell how our people have benefited from the commission. They should tell us what they have been doing with the huge resources allocated to the commission and how many Benin’s own oil wells”
“We can no longer continue to watch and allow our people wallow in poverty despite the presence of NPDC and NNPC in the state”
Going further, Ugbo also added his voice to the growing call for the constitution of a substantive board without further delay.