Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has faulted the continuous delay in constituting Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Board on excuse of ongoing forensic audit of the commission.
The former lawmaker stated that the excuse was deplorable.
He stated this while receiving the South-South Zonal Working Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Asaba, on Thursday.
He explained that the forensic audit was about past activities of NDDC and should not, therefore, jeopardize the progress of the Commission.
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He said that by the law establishing NDDC, it was meant to truly touch the lives of Niger Delta people, and that the Act was all-encompassing, including giving the people representation on the Board and for the governments of states in the zone to participate indirectly through advisory council of the commission.
“It is on record that in the last two years or more, we have truly not had a board for the NDDC. We started with a committee and unfortunately, we ended up with interim administration which is unknown to the Act establishing NDDC”.
“The Act rightfully enables every state that produces oil to have a member representing it in the board, but in the last two years or more, we have not had representation of the states.
“Unfortunately, we have stayed on this situation for so long. As South-South governors, we will continue to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly reconstitute the board so that every state will have the opportunity to participate in both projects and running of the NDDC.”