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Delta Deputy Speaker, Ndokwa Youths Bicker Over Sharing Of N20m

Friday Osanebi
Posted: Sep 25, 2016 at 7:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Awele Ogbogu

Asaba – Hon. Friday Osanebi, the Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, and some youth groups in Ndokwa ethnic nationality of Delta State are currently engaged in a bitter feud over the disbursement of monies to youths in the area under the Operation Feed Your Neighbour programme.

Speaking to Independent during an exclusive interview at the weekend, Osanebi said he heard rumours by some groups alleging that he refused to disburse monies meant for the youths.

He clarified that he had no powers to keep monies belonging to youths in his custody.

“Ask them if it is true that vigilante groups, the anti-cult groups and every genuinely elected community youth leader are part of the money,” he said.

“Was there any time money was shared called Operation Feed Your Neighbour and it didn’t get to them?” he queried.

It was alleged on social media by a group that, “Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi had been collecting N20 million monthly on behalf of Ndokwa Nation as security votes but had not disbursed the monies to Ndokwa youths in the past four months and prior to that, had not been disbursing the full amount.”

The Facebook post which drew reactions from many indigenes of Ndokwa Nation, further said that “the security votes are meant to empower the youths in the form of skills acquisition and other meaningful ventures and to engage them in information gathering for security agencies towards preventing criminal activities in the oil-bearing communities.”

The Change Organisation Nigeria (CON), Delta State Chapter, led by Tony Osborg, in another post, alleged, “The situation had continued despite several protests and petitions against the manner in which the N20 million security votes to the youths were allocated.

“CON is hereby saying that failure to show transparency in the issue will further lead us into seeking redress through legal action against Rt. Hon. Osanebi.”

In his response, Osanebi said, “Although the security votes cannot be questioned by anybody, Ndokwa Movement collects the money. What I do is that I supervise it to ensure it gets to everybody.

“In the past, about seven or eight groups shared the money but immediately I came into office, I insisted that it should go round and I know that more than 700 Ndokwa youths are now benefitting from the money.

“When money has not come, I cannot share what I don’t have but thank God, this is not that I have been collecting and not sharing.”