Stakeholders from the Niger Delta have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reject moves by some of his appointees driven by selfish interest to foist another sole administrator on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The stakeholders under the auspices of the Niger Delta Movement for Development (NDMD) also said it had observed with dismay another selfish plot to make the NDDC an appendage of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs with full powers to dictate the direction of the commission.
NDMD after an emergency meeting in Oporoza, Delta State, attended by youth leaders and elders from the region said they would not welcome another sole administrator for NDDC to the region.
The group in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Ogbakiri Yanga, insisted that the current management of NDDC under Dr. Efiong Akwa, should be the last interim administrator for the commission.
NDMD maintained that any other change in the management of the NDDC should be the appointment of a board as directed by the Act establishing the commission.
“This is the least we expect from the Presidency and the Ministry of Niger Delta. Any announcement of another interim administrator other than the inauguration of a substantive board will be viewed by us as provocative and the highest level of insensitivity.
“We have stomached this outright neglect of our opinions and feelings for a long time because we believe that Dr. Efiong Akwa will be the last sole administrator of this commission. Any other change of management must be the inauguration of a board.
“Any administration other than a substantive board will lead to a revolution of unimaginable proportion in the region because the entire Niger Delta is watching with keen interests and is prepared to rise to defend its common interests”, the group stated.
NDMD asked some selfish persons benefitting from the status quo to jettison the sinister plot to appoint the most senior NDDC director as the next sole administrator.
“This is utter wickedness. We want to believe that some selfish individuals are bent on totally damaging the image of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Niger Delta. Already, the way some of these individuals have handled the affairs of the NDDC has left much to be desired.
“People are quiet because they believe that the next change of leadership will be the announcement of a board. Don’t taste the wrath of a lion by touching its tail. Any attempt to appoint another interim administrator will be likened to waking up a sleeping dog. We can assure you that we will revolt and this time it will be total” zNDMD stated.
While further lamenting the deployment of sole administration for NDDC management, the group called on Buhari to quickly constitute the board.
They also observed the moves to deplete the powers of NDDC and make it subservient to the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs describing it as totally unacceptable.
NDMD said it was keenly monitoring the situation and will resist such a selfish move because it is not in the best interest of the region.