Elders and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the nominees screened and confirmed by the Senate for the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), on November 5, 2019.
The appeal, contained in a letter to President Buhari, stated their position on the protracted issue of the inauguration of the substantive board of the NDDC.
The letter, signed by Delta Central leaders, Chief Frank Kokori and Prof. S. W. E. Ibodje; Delta North leaders, Chief Hycinth Enuha and Dr. Emeka Isiekwe; and Delta South leaders, Isaac Osiobe and Oluwole Keretimi, hailed the President for his achievements since he assumed office.
The leaders praised him for reinventing railway transportation and putting in place other laudable projects.
They said the letter had explained that the NDDC was an interventionist agency for the development of the Niger Delta, which produced the bulk of the economic mainstay of Nigeria, adding that as the government, there were bound to be issues in policy implementation, so they considered the non-inauguration of the substantive NDDC board as one of such issues.
The letter said: “You will recall that you sent to the Senate in October 2019 a list of nominated persons for screening and confirmation into the NDDC board, which is 19 months ago and we are concerned that the board has not yet been inaugurated for reasons we do not know.
“But having taken this long, the people of the Niger Delta region are becoming agitated and we feel there is no better time than now for the inauguration of the already screened persons. As a listening president and father of the nation, you have the interest of the people of Niger Delta at heart and you will grant our humble request.
“We are appealing to you to grant our request by inaugurating the nominated, screened and cleared individuals for the NDDC board, with Chief Pius Odubu as the chairman, Chief Benard Okumagba as the managing director and others, to reduce the growing tension arising from this matter of the non-inauguration of the board.”