Ondo insists on producing NDDC boss, backs board re-composition
State is misleading Buhari, says group
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has insisted that it is the turn of Ondo State to produce the next managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Backing the re-composition of the agency’s board, Akeredolu yesterday said he had been in Abuja to pressurise the Federal Government in rescinding the appointment of the Dr. Pius Odubu-led board.
Speaking through his Commissioner of Information, Donald Ojogo, in an interview with The Guardian, the governor said his earlier position that the state government supports President Muhammadu Buhari’s order for a forensic audit of the commission and the re-composition of its board remained intact.His words: “We have spoken before on this issue and it is that the government welcomes the decision to sustain the interim management committee (IMC) of the NDDC with the mandate to supervise the forensic audit of the commission.”
Akeredolu said his insistence on Ondo producing the next chief executive of the interventionist agency was in accordance with its enabling law, explaining that his administration finds solace in Part IV Section 12 (1) which states: “There shall be for the commission, 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 among member states in order of production.”
He added: “It is in line with the spirit and letters of the provisions of the Act establishing the NDDC that Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states have produced the managing director in line with quantum of production.
“Therefore, the government and people of Ondo State have a firm belief that Mr. President, in recomposing the board and management of the NDDC, would consider the clause and do the needful by appointing an indigene of Ondo as the next MD of the NDDC.”But a group of Niger Delta stakeholders has urged the president to drop the idea of recomposing the board. It faulted Ondo’s claim to the managing directorship of the agency.
In a statement, the group, which comes under the umbrella of Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and Democracy (VATLAD), pointed out that the president’s recent decision to recompose the board “grossly disappointed Nigerians particularly those from the rich oil and gas-producing states of the core Niger Delta region.”
Its leader, Comrade Igbini Odafe Emmanuel, said: “The Ondo State Government is misleading Mr. President. It is rightly the turn of Delta as one of the major oil and gas-producing states for over six decades now.”Igbini added: “The position of managing director and the two executive directors of NDDC have been the exclusive preserve of the four major oil and gas-producing member-states right from inception, and rightly so.”