- The recent NDDC scholars protest in London has been condemned by the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN)
- The NYCN revealed that the reasons for the protest have been addressed by the Buhari administration
- The council also hailed the policies of the Buhari administration targeted at Nigerian youths
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has faulted the blockage of Nigeria House in London by scholars of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over unpaid fees.
The NYCN in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, November 4 and signed by its president, Solomon Adodo explained that the protest was totally uncalled for.
Adodo bemoaned the fact that the scholars went ahead with the protest despite swift actions taken by the presidency and the minister of Niger Delta Affairs in ensuring that the outstanding fees were cleared.
Part of the statement read:
“We find the insistence on protesting as an unnecessary step and a ploy to dent the good image of our dear nation.
“While the protest is a rightful and democratic means of expressing grievances, care must be taken for it not to be abused.
“It should be recalled that the Interim Management of the NDDC, on Friday, assured the beneficiaries of its scholarship programme in the United Kingdom that their outstanding claims will be paid within a week. True to this commitment, the funds have been released this week.
“The protest is the second to be staged by the students in a month who are lamenting the hardship brought upon them by the delay in payment of their dues. Now that they have been paid we expect them to refrain from such unpatriotic protests as it might pass an entirely different message to the world.”
Comrade Adodo assured that the interest of the Nigerian youth will always be protected anywhere in the world, adding that the Buhari administration has always given attention to the genuine concerns of Nigerian youth.
Meanwhile, a group, Stakeholders of Nigerian Youths (SONY) have asked leaders of the #EndSARS protests to dialogue with the federal government.
The demand was made by the convener of the group, Comrade Ikechukwu Obinna at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, October 22.
The group hailed youths in the country for speaking with one voice through peaceful demonstrations against police brutality.
SONY further called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the activities of the hoodlums who hijacked the protests to attack public and private facilities in the country.
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