The recent donation of N4.2billion to an American University by Nigerian billionaire, Alhaji Mohammed Indinmi, is still having negative reverberation in the country as the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has described it as irresponsible and as a waste of Niger Delta Oil money.
Idinmi, who is a close friend of former Military President Ibrahim Babangida is the sole Founder and Chairman of Oriental Energy Resources Limited, an oil company allocated oil blocks during the administration of Babangida. Babangida’s son is also the husband of one of the daughters of Indinmi.
Recently, two of his daughters, Amouna and Hauwa, graduated from the University of Lynn, in Florida and the billionaire donated $14 million (N4.2 billion) complex named after himself “Mohammed Indimi International Business Center” to the University.
In a statement issued by IYC on Tuesday and signed by its spokesman, Eric Omare, the Council said: “it is sad and provocative that Mr. Mohammed Indinmi who operates in different parts of the Niger Delta region and has failed woefully in his corporate social responsibility to the host communities could donate such a whopping amount of money to a private institution in faraway America whereas the communities and people hosting his company, Oriental Energy wallow in poverty. Mr. Indinmi has no single record of contribution to community development in Nigeria, not even in the terrorist ravaged north east.
“We state that the money Mr. Indinmi wasted in far way America is Niger Delta money and the people of the region must work towards recovery all their resources in the form of oil blocks awarded to people like Indinmi.
IYC called on youths of the Niger Delta region to close ranks and work towards addressing the aged – long injustice of past Nigerian Presidents awarding oil blocks to their friends and relatives while the people of the Niger Delta region wallow in poverty.
Omare further stated that “The forthcoming IYC conference of Niger Delta youths on Thursday, the 26th of May, 2016 in Warri, Delta State provides the opportunity to start the journey. Niger Deltas must reclaim their resources.”