Brass—The Brass Clan Chairman of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Comr. Richard Hello has decried the alleged exclusion of Brass Local Government Area in the zoning of leadership positions in the Central Zone (Bayelsa chapter) of the foremost Ijaw youth body.
Richard who stated this in a statement made available to Mangrovepen.ng said the IYC is not a political group but a pressure group by the youths in the Ijaw nation, insisting that mainstream politics now determines its leadership selection.
He pointed out that in previous dispensations, Brass LGA has been overlooked in the zoning of positions in Bayelsa East senatorial district.
He hinted that “the zoning of positions in Bayelsa east of the IYC which is made of Nembe, Brass, and Ogbia LGAs has been lopsided. Only Nembe Local Government Area has been given all positions while neglecting Brass.
“Brass LGA has not been given any position in the IYC Central zone for over six years. We are saying no to this segregation in the zone.”
According to him, he has contested many times for the IYC central zone treasurer and other positions but on all occasions has lost out to candidates from Nembe LGA.
Richard expressed his grievances with the current trend and appealed to stakeholders in the IYC to do what is right and ensure the inclusion of Brass LGA in the zoning of leadership slots.
He also appealed to the leaders in Bayelsa state and the Niger Delta region, in general, to ensure that the right thing is done in the IYC.
He added that, “Let our leaders make sure that positions are rightly zoned to the different local government areas that make up the IYC in the state.”
The Brass IYC chairman said “their urgent intervention can prevent disharmony and disunity” in the youth body.