Ex-militants challenge NDDC over projects FeaturedWritten by Chris Deinkoru,Yenagoa
A Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI), and made up of 90% first phase ex-militant leaders under the Presidential Amnesty Programme, has urged the chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, to see through his promise and embark on projects that will bring about the long-awaited development in the region, especially the oil producing areas.
The group in a commendation letter signed and sent through email by its Press Secretary, Barr. F. O. Wainwei, stated that the chairman’s decision to interface with the stakeholders of the region was a right step in the right direction for the people. It, however, added that such step, much as it was welcome, should be backed with actions, noting that the group is rooted in the Niger Delta region and are abreast with the plight of the people.
The group reiterates that it would go against anyone in the commission without the interest of the Niger Delta people at heart, adding that the commission is for the development of the people and the Niger Delta region and not for personal gains.
The body also called on the federal government to appoint indigene from the oil producing areas into various positions in the commission, while appreciating the effortless input of the chairman of the commission so far especially with his positive plans for the Niger delta region as highlighted at his recent visit to the Governor of Rivers State.
The group queried the position of the Managing Director, Mr. Nsima Ekere, who they said is not from the oil producing area and does not also know the needs of the people in the region, adding that early signs have exposed his aspiration to divert monies meant for the commission for his 2019 political ambition in Akwa Ibom.
Furthermore, they advised the Managing Director to follow the footsteps of the Chairman and stop seeing the NDDC as a means to enrich his personal ambition.
In addition, LPCDI called on the commission to engage and empower the office of the Special Assistant on Youth Affairs as it will present an easy outreach to the leadership and various youth groups as was the case in the past.
“Any attempt to use the brutal force of dictatorial power on innocent Nigerians who will use the protest to express their frustration with the Buhari administration would lead to Nigerian-styled Arab Spring.
The group claimed that Nigerians had shown great support for the upcoming protest, thanking them in return. “We promise never to let them down”, the group which did not disclose its location promised.