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Group faults dissolution of Brambaifa-led NDDC board

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…Edo NUJ Commends President’s Action
A group, the Niger Delta Entrepreneurs Forum (NDEF) has frowned at the dissolution of the Prof. Nelson Brambaifa-led Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and its replacement with a new one by the Presidency.

In a statement by its Coordinator, Comrade Kester Okele and Secretary, Ebipade Timi, the group said the move smacks of a larger plot to expose the Presidency.

This is as the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council, yesterday, congratulated the immediate past deputy governor of Edo State, Pius Egberamwen Odubu, on his appointment as Chairman of the board of NDDC.

NDEF noted that Section 4 of the Act establishing the NDDC is clear on the rotation of the chairmanship position of the Commission in alphabetical order asking: “How come Edo is being gifted the chairmanship of the Board after Cross River State took the last shot?”

The group also asked why Part IV of the Act Section 12(1), which expounds that “a Managing Director and two Executive Directors who shall be indigenes of oil producing areas starting with the member states of the Commission with the highest production quantum of oil and shall rotate amongst member states in order of production” was not respected.

It further wondered how a state like Rivers, which is amongst the first three highest producers of oil in Nigeria, playing host to two refineries and refining the highest amount of crude oil should be left out in the appointment of the management committee of the NDDC.

While thanking the President for appointing two sons of the region to serve as ministers in the Niger Delta Ministry, and also for appointing a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Niger Delta Affairs, the group urged him to direct the withdrawal of the appointment of the new Board of the NDDC.

The NUJ in a statement signed by the Chairman, Sir Roland Osakue and Secretary, Comrade Titus Akhigbe, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for deeming it fit to appoint an Odubu into the position.

“This is the first time ever an indigene of the state will be appointed into such a laudable position and we say, thank you Mr. President,” NUJ said.

The union, however, urged the former deputy governor to see the appointment as a call to attract development to Edo and other Niger-Delta States.

Similarly, President of Talakawa Parliament, a non-partisan organisation, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, has also hailed the President for the appointment of Odubu and Mr. Victor Ekhator as Edo NDDC Representative.

Edokpolor described the duo as competent, prudent, knowledgeable, trusted, tested and team players.


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