The League of Ndokwa Professionals (LNP) has threatened to sue Delta State Government if it fails to consider their land in its policies and “give her a pride of place deserving of it in the scheme of things for the purposes of economic integration and social justice.”
The group charged the Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to send a bill to the State House of Assembly to site a university in Ndokwa land.
“We urge the Federal and Delta State Governments to look into our demands and respond within the next 14 days, failing which we shall have no other option than to proceed against the state to seek legal redress,” the group said in a statement signed by Chief Tony Amechi and Bar Evans Ufeli, President and publicity secretary respectively of the LNP.
The group lamented that the governor approved construction of roads across the state and excluded Ndokwa land. They also complained that the governor sent an executive bill to the House of Assembly to upgrade two higher institutions which are College of Education Agbor, to University of Education; Anwai Campus of the Delta State University, to Delta State University of Science and Technology with none situated in Ndokwa/Ukwuani land.
“Ndokwa land is part of Delta State with the second largest population and second largest oil producing area and as such we cannot be secluded from the construction of roads in the state without adequate provisions for our constituency.
“Ndokwa land produces a huge mass of the oil and gas resources that contributes to the 13 per cent oil derivation fund accruing to the state government every month from the federal government and as such, we should not be discriminated against in the distribution and allocation of projects in the state,” the group explained.
They stated that it would amount to gross socio-economic injustice to leave out their land without any meaningful development project in the area.
LNP therefore called on the government to immediately review its policies and projects and include Ndokwa land to avoid “protest, social unrest and/or legal action.”