NDDC Mounts Pressure on Buhari to Sack Sole Administrator, Constitute Board
The call to constitute a board for Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has taken another dimension, as eminent Nigerians have joined the agitation.
It was learnt on Monday that some Nigerians have been mounting pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly constitute the board to put an end to the controversy and condemnation trailing the appointment of a sole administrator for NDDC.
A source at the Presidency disclosed to our correspondent that governors from the region, other eminent Nigerians including but not restricted to only security high command have been mounting pressure on Mr President to constitute a board for the commission.
They were of the opinion that constituting the board would address salient issues bedevilling the region and also that accountability would be put in the right perspective.
They were also of the opinion that the situation, where few will be controlling the NDDC, will be addressed, as the board would be able to account for any transaction in the commission.
Recall that some Nigerians have condemned the appointment of a sole administrator for NDDC on the excuse that it will do the bidding of few at the detriment of the Niger Delta region.
Also recall that the pioneer Director-General of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Osaro Onaiwu had condemned the appointment of a sole administrator for the commission.
Onaiwu had described the development as an aberration, adding that such development will give room for few persons to manipulate the commission.
Calling on the governors of the Niger Delta region to take a position on this development, the PDP pioneer DG had said that this is the time to appoint a governing council for the commission.
He further urged the governors to take action, as keeping quiet is not the solution to “this barefaced aberration”.
He had insisted that the appointment of a sole administrator is not for the interest of the region, adding that the council must be constituted to give the commission a sense of direction.
Onaiwu had also noted that the reason why the commission was established in the first place is defeated if notable leadership is not put in place, insisting that the people from the region, who are supposed to benefit from the establishment are not enjoying that because of lack of accountability.
He had said: “This development should be properly looked into because appointing a sole administrator is a dictatorship in action.
“This is the time the governors from this region should take a position because this barefaced aberration should not be allowed to continue.
“Appointing a sole administrator is depriving the people of a good representation as the appointee will not work for the interest of the people.”