Lack of Substantive NDDC Board Impeding Devt, Group Tells Buhari

Lack of Substantive NDDC Board Impeding Devt, Group Tells Buhari

Olusegun Samuel in Yenagoa

A group, the Niger Delta Youths Leadership Forum (NDYLF) has attributed the alleged ‘ground zero’ activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in the region to the non-appointment of a substantive board.

It also declared that the president could only finish strong in the region when if he sets up a substantive board for the commission to meet the aspirations of the region.

The Group, made up of youth leaders from the six states of the region, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointment of Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd) as the substantive Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) because of his performance and coordination of the amnesty office as Interim Administrator

According to the group, the Amnesty office under Col. Dikio (Rtd)have witnessed a paradigm shift in the programme in terms of relative peace across the region, change in the mindset of ex-agitators on the need for self-reliance through entrepreneurship, engagements with stakeholders, scholarship to ex-agitators to some of the best institutions within the country and his credible performance record was still counting.

The National Coordinator of the Group, Mr. Richard Akinaka, said the performance of the Niger Delta Development Commission was not about the person in charge at the moment, but about the need for a substantive board to pilot the affairs of the commission.

“The Niger Delta under President Muhammadu Buhari has become a neglected people. The lack of a substantive board has impeded the development of the region. The people no longer have an input in the affairs of the NDDC,” he said.

Akinaka noted that people were considering Buhari’s attitude towards the NDDC Board as deliberate show of malice toward the Niger Delta region.

The NDDC, as it is now, is a disservice to the people of the region, he argued, saying Buhari should prove to the people of the region that he does not have malice and disgust toward the people of the region.

He also pointed out that the politicians appointed from the region as supervising Ministers of the region have not helped matters, “those struggling to get appointed as supervising Ministers are only out to exploit their people. It has become so bad that the commission over the years has been under the mercy supposed leaders of the region in this government.

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