The Delta Governor and Chairman of South-South Governors’ Forum Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has on Thursday, called on President Buhari to reconstitute the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) without further delay.
Speaking when he led his Akwa-Ibom counterpart, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, to inaugurate roads, bridge, and school projects built by his administration in Agbarho and Oleh, Governor Okowa said it was great injustice for the Federal Government to continue to run the NDDC without a constituted board.
“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.
“In the first instance, the sole administratorship is not known to law and the board has the full representation of the people and they are able to speak for their people to ensure that there is fairness, justice, and equity in terms of amenities and facilities.
“I believe also that the earlier the board is inaugurated, the better for us because we cannot continue to hide under the fact that we are doing a forensic audit without inaugurating the board because the board is supposed to be forward-looking and not about the past.
“So, allow the new board to come in and when the result of the forensic audit comes, the board will still look at it and know where actions are supposed to be taken.
“We are currently being fooled and we are not happy about it; so, if people agitate, I believe they are doing so in the right direction.
“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.
“I believe that as of today, the funds of the NDDC are not being well managed and I want to believe that they are also not accountable in the way and manner they are running the place,” he said. He added, “I call on Mr.
The Governor who had earlier inaugurated the Agbarho Orherhe Road and Bridge in Ughelli North Local Government Area approved the establishment of a secondary school in Orherhe, saying “We must continue to bring education closer to our people”.
On his part, Governor Udom, commended Okowa for his outstanding accomplishments in road, education, and human capital development, remarking that only governors of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled states were executing projects across the country.
“If you check Nigeria today, the only people inaugurating projects are PDP states. Let each state bring out what they have done and you will be proud of what PDP governors have done in their respective states.
“If people will have time to come and document all we have done in the region they will be amazed with what we have done even with the inflation and foreign exchange challenges.
“And, I believe that the entire community and the Isoko nation will support PDP because we stand for the economic development of the nation,” he said. “Governance is all about continuity and I must commend you because your predecessor conceived this project and you came and brought it to fruition “When you give the people education you have exposed them to the entire world and I must commend Governor Okowa for his vision in completing this project.
“All we have inaugurated today and many more that are yet to be inaugurated is a pointer to the fact that only PDP governors are working and am proud to say that when others will say there is a casting down, we will say there is a lifting up.
“What I am seeing here today at the Emore Grammar School, Oleh, is something worth emulation, good space management, easy to manage, excellent facilities with good rendition and I hope that the teachers will bring out the best out of the students so that they can compete anywhere they find themselves,” Udom stressed.
The projects inaugurated were Agbarho-Orherhe road, with a bridge in Ughelli North Local Government Area and dualised Emore Road and Emore Grammar School, both in Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area.