by Our Correspondent
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), has warned mischief makers hiding under the cover of Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) to stay away from Mr. Simbi Wabote, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
In a statement issued by the IYC President, Peter Igbifa on Wednesday, January 19th, described attempts by some persons to tarnish the image of Wabote using a subjudiced matter in the USA as laughable, deceptive and childish.
Igbifa argued that no court in the USA had found Wabote guilty of any wrongdoing, noting that persons behind reports accusing him of perjury should be arrested and tried for causing public nuisance and act capable of causing breach of public peace.
He described the NCDMB boss as a frontline Niger Delta son and an upright public servant, noting that the persons raising unnecessary dust had no locus to make a defamatory suit filed by Wabote himself a matter of public discussion.
The youth leader said IYC had compiled the names of persons behind attempts to pull down Wabote, warned them to thread cautiously or risk burning their fingers.
He said Wabote had repositioned and reformed the NCDMB making it the only agency without political interference and using it to champion development across the states in the country.
His words: “Wabote has made us proud as an Ijaw man. His professionalism in the management of the affairs of NCDMB is outstanding and his achievements as the executive Secretary of the Board are extraordinary. Therefore, IYC under my leadership cannot allow any campaign of calumny designed by envious losers to embarrass him.
“NCDMB under Wabote is the only agency in the heart of Niger Delta that has operated without any political interference. Under Wabote’s NCDMB, youths across the country are trained, employed and empowered in various fields of endeavour. We won’t allow anybody to destroy the character of this performer.
“Recently, some IYC leaders from Central Zone were given leadership training by NCDMB. Also over 100 youths are undergoing boat operation training in Delta State. Wabote’s NCDMB has given numerous skill acquisition trainings to many Niger Delta and Nigerian youths”.
Igbifa advised Wabote not to be discouraged by the antics of desperadoes, he called for synergy from all stakeholders to tackle the challenges facing the Niger Delta.