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NEWS UPDATE: Bayelsa: Host communities besiege NCDMB building in protest, issue demands

NEWS UPDATE: Bayelsa: Host communities besiege NCDMB building in protest, issue demands

Hundreds of protesters on Monday besieged and unopen downwardly activities at the headquarters of the Nigerian Content Evolution and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa Province working capital, over non- implementation of trainings for youths of the oil and gas communities.

The angry youths had at in relation to midday hr of the daytime stormed and occupied the route and gate leading to the building, preventing workers and visitors from going in and out of the premises.

The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as “We will embark on our grooming as agreed nowadays, The injustice melted on oil and gas host communities must stop, plenty is plenty, 1,000 youths must be trained”.

DAILY POST, gathered that the grooming of the 1,000 youths from over 850 communities in the province received approbation since 2019 but the leadership of the board remained adamant to implement the trainings till date.

The youths erected canopies on the route, disrupting vehicular motion and demanded to view top officials of the board or they rather slumber at the gate pending the resolution of their demands and grievances.

Addressing newsmen, the Sagbama Local Regime coordinator, Host Communities of Nigeria producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM), Safa Compliment Perekebina, who represented the province chairman, said the board had a deal with us in 2019 to educate 1000 Bayelsans from the oil and gas communities but till this second nil has been done.

“In 2019, they claimed lack of funds for the grooming, so we reached an understanding through the involvement of the National Assembly and it was approved that they should educate our youths, later due to COVID-19 we had to position it on take hold after a zoom coming together with the leadership of the board”

“They later came with the tricks that we had splinter groups but later it was trashed after series of investigations by different security agencies for over 3 months, and at the stop we were vindicated.

“In 2020, we protested over the delay tactics deployed and they agreed but didn’t do anything. In 2021, they came with a portal shape to all the youths involved, after the board took hundred slots from the 1,000. Fifty-fifty at that they claimed that those 40 years won’t be allowed to advatage and we accepted and added only younger youths, and later they came with policies that the beneficiaries must have functional Emails and we ensured we open that for them to encounter upwards all their demands, but still nil.

When contacted for reaction on the claims by HOSTCOM, the media officer of (NCDMB), Mr. Obinna Ezeobi, said the board will respond to their claims officially as they are standing exterior.

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