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Imo LGs petition Buhari over lopsided appointments in NDDC



OIL producing local government areas (LGAs) in Imo State under the auspices of Urashi Peoples’ Congress (UPC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse what it described as persistent lopsided appointment in the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

  In a letter signed by the Coordinator, Mr. Reginald Uwakwe, the group lamented that the appointment into key positions which is the position of managing director of the NDDC has been allegedly skewed in favour of only four states of Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa and Delta, out of the nine member states that made up the commission.

  The letter listed the managing directors and their states that have been appointed into NDDC  between 2001 and 2021 to include; Dr. Godwin Omene, Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, Delta State; Timi Alaibe, Bayelsa State; Mr. Chibuzor Ugwuoha, Dr. Christian Oboh, Rivers State; Nsima Ekere and Dan Abia, Akwa-Ibom State; Nelson Brabaifa and Kemebradikumo Pondei, Bayelsa State; Joy Nunieh, Rivers State, and Okon Akwa, Akwa-Ibom State with executive directors of Finance/Administration and Project who were also appointed from only the four states.

  According to the group, “we, the Urashi Peoples’ Congress (UPC), an umbrella body of all the oil-producing local government areas in Imo State want to bring to your attention the urgent need to correct the lopsided appointments to the leadership position of the NDDC.

  “The biased appointment, which has persisted since the commission came into existence over the years, has assumed a critical and sensitive dimension of great concern, of which if left uncorrected, is capable of threatening the operations and truncating the activities of the commission.

  The group explained that a compromise was reached that the position would be rotated within the nine oil-producing states-Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers.

  It pointed out that a cursory look into subsequent appointments made would confirm that nobody from the South-East states of Abia and Imo has been appointed into the management positions either as a managing director or the other two executive directors previously.

  The group said South-East members of the NDDC caught up in this situation were not only fast becoming frustrated, helpless, and despondent, but also that of anxiety borne out of the fear of a deliberate attempt to side-line the Igbo states in the NDDC from the mainstream scheme of activities in the commission.

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