Niger Delta Activists Forum hails Buhari for dissolving NDDC board, insists on probe

Niger Delta Activists Forum hails Buhari for dissolving NDDC board, insists on probe

- The Niger Delta Activists Forum has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent decision on NDDC

- President Buhari recently approved the composition of the board of the NDDC, subject to Senate confirmation

- The new chairman of the NDDC, as approved by the president, is Pius Odubu who is a former deputy governor of Edo state

The Niger Delta Activists Forum has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for dissolving the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board and reconstituting a new one.

President Buhari recently approved the composition of the board of the NDDC, subject to Senate confirmation.

Olusegun Adekunle, permanent secretary in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), announced the president's decision in a statement on Tuesday, August 27.

The new chairman of the NDDC, as approved by the president, is Pius Odubu who is a former deputy governor of Edo state.

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The forum had on Thursday, August 1 kicked off a struggle against the immediate past NDDC board and also demanded a total probe of NDDC funds from inception till date.

The forum also demanded a review of provisions in the enabling act that provides the necessary lacuna for corruption and impunity to thrive in the commission.

During a press briefing in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital on Tuesday, September 10, president of the forum, Comrade Success Jack, thanked the president for heeding to their call, and further tasked the president on the need for the NDDC to be well supervised.

His words: “You would agree with me that the struggle was a huge success, following the clear achievement of the first goal.

“While we continue to push relentlessly to achieve the second and third goals, it is obvious that they are more of long term goals and we will continue to fight on.”

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He urged the new NDDC board to, shun infighting, corrupt practices and work for the interest of the Niger Delta

“However, we must not fail to caution that, we would not also hesitate, to pull the strings on them, should they betray the confidence reposed on them by our people,” he added.

He further stated that the forum would “ascertain compliance with the funding provisions of relevant and enabling laws of the NDDC and using all legal instruments available to us in pushing for full compliance.”

He said the forum would also, “demand for a total probe of the financial activities of the Port Harcourt refining Company (PHRC), especially as we are daily inundated with overwhelming evidence of grievous sleaze and economic sabotage against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, perpetrated by petroleum marketers in connivance with certain government officials.”

The forum also called on the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), “to immediately, revisit the intake of the successful (host communities) candidates of their 2014 junior production technicians recruitment exercise.”

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He added that, “NAOC has continued to perpetrate acts of provocation by carrying on employments, through the back door while neglecting these people from host communities.

“We want to once again warn that this is a recipe for anarchy. And we would not close our eyes to it no matter the level of intimidation and lies against us.

“Our profile is rich with humongous feats in agitation through peaceful and intellectual approach, but unfortunately, there are those (NAOC and their cohorts) avowed to criminalizing our struggles but they will not succeed.”

Legit.ng had earlier reported that a group, Initiative for Leadership and Economic Watch in Nigeria, recently commended Buhari for the recent composition of the board of the NDDC.

The group's executive director, Ambassador Agbonkpolor Aironmwanbor Splendour, made its stance know at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, September 3.

He stated that the agitations and rejections of the appointments in some quarters are not a reflection of the region's stakeholders.

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