By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South and Ozioruva Aliu
SOME stakeholders of Niger Delta, weekend, suggested the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi and other top All Progressive Congress, APC, leaders from the oil-rich region should urgently meet to find a way out of the heated controversy over the appointment of an Interim Administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Some of the top APC leaders, including the former National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshimohole were said to have varying interests in NDDC and their divergences in recent past have not augured well for the region with Akpabio whose ministry superintends the interventionist agency calling the shot.
Pioneer Secretary of the Traditional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities of Nigeria, TROMPCON, Prince Maikpobi Okareme and Executive Director, African Network for Economic and Environmental Justice, ANEEJ, Rev David Ugolor, who made the call, noted that the latest appointment of an interim administrator has further divided the region .
Prince Okareme said on phone: “Some of us, APC leaders in Delta state have put machinery in motion to prevail on Senator Omo-Agege to reach out to other APC leaders in the South-South and Niger-Delta to swiftly address the matter. It is important that they do so to save the region from further calamity.”
On is part, Rev Ugolor asserted: “I want to ask what are the South-South people from the region, who are in the ruling party are doing? Hon Rotimi Amaechi, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, former APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Senator Godswill Akpabio and other leaders in the government who are from the region what are they doing?
“They will be held accountable in future for whatever they do with the region today. Unfortunately they are not able to come together and organize themselves as a team for the betterment of the region.
“However, I appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency discontinue the legitimacy being given to the sole administrator. Buhari cannot claim to be fighting for the rule of law and at the same time indirectly supporting the appointment of a sole administrator in the Commission,” he said.
As a way forward, she said: “The president should consider the immediate and unconditional constitution of the NDDC Board so that the NDDC can function within the Act establishing it. The NDDC Act did not envisage even the setting up of an interim committee as was first done before this issue of a sole administrator.”
“The president should waste no time to consider the Board because it an interventionist agency like that is best regulated and managed by a board so we want the federal government to consider the immediate constitution of the board,” she added.