OBSERVATIONS ON THE STATE OF AFFAIRS SURROUNDING THE NIGER DELTA DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (NDDC), OUR STAND AND THE WAY FORWARD.
Arising from its observation of events, happenings and occurrences that have surrounded and influenced the present outcome in the affairs of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, a group of young progressives under the auspices of ANIOMA YOUTHS FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE; A Sociopolitical Pressure Group made up Anioma Sons and Daughters from all walks of life, bound in comradeship by the bonds of kinship, positive idealism and the development of our immediate and extended society, has weighed in on these developments and therefore wishes to make its stand public. This is solely in the interest and promotion of progressivism and good governance.
The dictates on which the Niger Delta Development Commission came on board, forms the basis on which Anioma indigenes and fellow Niger Deltans would develop and nurse expectations as regards the functionality of a commission that was solely created to drive the development of the region. The resulting outcome of expectations is to be adjudged either positively or negatively after a careful scrutiny of its activities and aggregate performance score sheet spanning the period between when it began activities till date.
Understanding the sensitivity of the NDDC as an interventionist agency, together with its control of a substantial portion of the resources of the Niger Delta Region, AYGG therefore applauds President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR over the order of a FORENSIC AUDITING of Accounts and Assessment of The Commission’s performance since inception. This is coming at a pivotal time in the history of the Niger Delta, especially as it marks the NDDC 18th year in operation.
Consequently, as interest parties in the Niger Delta Region who desire the optimal functionality of the NDDC, we further applaud the constitution and subsequent inauguration of the Interim Management Committee (IMT) a body to temporarily administer and oversee the activities of the Commission through out the period of the audit. We see this as a perfect political solution to the question of the effectiveness of the exercise as well as the continued flow of activities of the commission.
More precisely, on behalf of Anioma youths we applaud and celebrate the appointment of Hon (Dr) Cairo Ojuogbo into the committee as Acting Executive Director of Projects.
Dr Ojuogbo is an illustrious Anioma Son who has abinitio served Anioma Nation in different capacities and has overtime proven himself to be a progressive and detribalized personality. From before his time as Member Representing Ika Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives in 2003 till date, Dr Ojuogbo has been in active politics for decades and a timeline of his activities has seen his stand for right causes clearly projected.
Therefore Anioma Youths extend hearty congratulations to Dr Cairo Ojuogbo on his appointment and charge him to continually stick to the path of progressivism in the discharge of duties and responsibilities of the office he now occupies. We believe this is an opportunity to write the name of the Anioma Nation in gold and ivory in the annals of the Niger Delta Development Commission, especially with regards to the FORENSIC AUDIT within the period he is to hold forth.
With the steps taken by President Buhari through the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs HE Sen Godswill Akpabio, to reposition the NDDC, as Niger Delta youths by right and standing, AYGG therefore calls on state governments, traditional rulers, stakeholders, interest groups and the general make up of the Niger Delta Identity to come to terms, support and assist the Interim Management Committee led by Dr Joy Nuineh, with its other members Chief Ibanga Bassey Etang and Hon Dr Cairo Ojuogbo.
These individuals are full blooded Niger Deltans who have not been discovered to be unfit to serve in the capacity they are to hold forth by any law, neither do they have issues with security agencies.
More particularly we call on our fellow Niger delta youths to stay away from negative sentiments being bandied about by naysayers and also caution troublemakers to desist from instigating the public against the leadership of the Niger Delta Ministry as well as the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC, noting that any attempt to undermine their leadership and functionality only portends negative and adverse effects to the Niger Delta cause.
In conclusion, AYGG urges Niger Delta stakeholders to take advantage of the period of the audit by returning to the drawing board and come out as more prepared and poised to be partners of purpose for the development of the Niger Delta Region.
Comrade Ekwukwo Elvis.
Comrade Ikechukwu Chukwudi