‘It’s Edo State’s Turn To Produce NDDC Managing Director’ – Group

Network for Grassroots Development(NGD) on Monday demanded that it is Edo State’s turn to produce the next managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) if the Act that established it is followed.

This demand by NGD was made by Thomas Ukato, the Co-Administrator of NGD while reacting to a statement credited to the Niger Delta Rescue Movement (NDRM), which recently claimed that Edo and Ondo states could not produce the next managing director of the NDDC.

Thomas stated that if the establishing Act is being followed, Edo State and not any other state should produce the next managing director.

He said: “The suggestion that such a warped submission is anchored on the provision of the NDDC Act makes their case even more ludicrous. Of particular note and interest is Section 12(1) of the NDDC Act.

“Consequently, it is, therefore, erroneous to put forward in the public domain that the two states of Edo and Ondo are not qualified to produce the managing director of the NDDC.”

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Thomas claimed that a neighbouring state might have sponsored the NDRM, adding: “As Niger Deltans, we must learn to live together in an atmosphere of equity and fairness or we condemn ourselves to self-immolation and then turn around to blame outsiders for our woes.

“We also need to state clearly and unequivocally that Edo State is by every indices the state that is entitled to produce the next managing director of NDDC at this point in time being the fifth state in terms of oil and gas production quota among the nine member states of the commission and in the country.”

“This position is not borne out of the need to agitate for the sake of agitation but it is supported by established facts and statistics of the contributions of each state to the oil revenue of the country. For those who doubt this position, they should do well to educate themselves with the recent statistics from the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, and of course the Federal Ministry of Finance. Edo State is the next in line to produce who should be the Managing Director and not any other state at all.

“Like many well-meaning Nigerians and organisations, we are greatly appalled by the delay in inaugurating the board of NDDC and the continuous administration of the agency by an illegal administrative structure. We join in the call on the Federal Government to immediately inaugurate the board of NDDC in line with the provisions of the NDDC Act in such a manner that gives each component member of the commission a sense of belonging and ownership of the resources accruing to the commission,” he added.