Governors of the states making up the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) have, after a meeting held in Abuja Thursday night, rejected appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari into the Commission’s board,
ElombahNews reported that the meeting took place at Bayelsa State Lodge in Maitama, Abuja.
It had in attendance Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Udom Emmanuel)Akwa Ibom) and the host, Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa).
The commission was reconstituted by President Buhari who appointed a 16-man new board as members.
Rising from the meeting last night, the governors expressed concerns over the way and manner the appointments were made, saying it does not reflect effecting governance mechanism.
Bayelsa State Governor Dickson said their concerns arose from protests being staged by people and stakeholders across the nine member states of the NDDC.
“We will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the issues,” he said, however, adding that the governors would not discuss the specifics until they meet with the President.
The governors, however, urged calm and restraint in the states, promising that they will ensure that the grievances were addressed.
In an earlier development, a group, Niger Delta Entrepreneurs Forum (NDEF) faulted the dissolution of the Prof. Nelson Brambaifa-led NDDC board.
The forum, in a statement by its Coordinator, Kester Okele and Secretary Ebipade Timi, said the development was not in tandem with the NDDC Act.
The statement explained that Section 4 of the Act was clear on the rotation of the chairmanship position in alphabetical order.
“How come Edo is being gifted the chairmanship of the board after Cross River State took the last shot?’’ they asked.
The stakeholders queried Part IV, Section 12 (1), which states: “There shall be a managing director and two executive directors who shall be indigenes of oil producing areas, starting with the member-states of the commission with the highest production quantum of oil, and shall rotate among member states in order of production.”
They wondered why a state, such as Rivers, which is among the first three top oil producers hosting two refineries, and refines the highest amount of crude, was left out in the management committee of NDDC.