Hundreds of youths in Bayelsa State have staged a peaceful protest at the premises of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) alleging marginalization in the implementation of local content.
The youths, under the aegis of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Bayelsa State Chapter, stormed the NCDMB headquarters building in Yenagoa early as 6:00am and barricaded its gate locking out staff and visitors.
Over 12 police vans were stationed at the scene when the non-placard carrying youths were seen chanting solidarity songs.
The youths also had their breakfast at the premises of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board carrying along plastic tables and plastic chairs with several plastic cups, beverages, loaves of bread alongside bags of sachets water were also kept under the tables.
Leader of the NYCN in the state, Bright Igrubia, told Journalists in an interview that “the board is not involving the locals in its projects and activities in the state”.
Igrubia threatened that they would go on hunger strike if the board failed to address their plight.
However there were no officials of the board to speak to journalists as they were said to be operating from Abuja.