- President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to immediately reconstitute the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission
- The demand was made by the governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, who also doubles as the chairman of the South-South Governors Forum
- Governor Okowa said the Niger Delta is suffering over the president's refusal to reconstitute the board of the intervention agency
Delta state governor and chairman of South-South Governors' Forum, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday, April 29 called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) without further delay.
Governor Okowa made the comment when he led his Akwa-Ibom counterpart, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, to inaugurate roads, bridges, and school projects built by his administration in Agbarho and Oleh.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government quoted him as saying:
“I believe that the governors of the south-south have spoken and we are embarrassed that after several months, the government has been unable to reconstitute the board of the NDDC.
“We believe that what is going on at the moment is not the best for our region and it's not the best for the oil-producing states.
“So, we call on the presidency to listen to the call of the south-south governors and other stakeholders from the oil-producing states and quickly inaugurate the board because we are suffering for it.”
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa, on Thursday, April 15 said his administration was willing to partner with the federal government to develop the solid mineral sector in the state.
Okowa stated this while fielding questions from journalists shortly after receiving the minister of mines and steel development, Dr. Uche Ogah, who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Asaba.
He said he was pleased with the minister's visit and that there was a need for a strong collaboration between the federal government, the states, and the private sector to develop the solid minerals industry.
In a related development, Governor Okowa has called on the federal government to use 25 percent of funds expended on fuel subsidies to provide health insurance for vulnerable Nigerians.
Okowa made the call on Friday, March 19 when he received the minister of state for health, Dr. Olurunnimbe Mamora, who visited him at Government House, Asaba.