GOVERNOR WIKE DECRIES A SITUATION WHERE GOVERNORS OF OIL BEARING COMMUNITIES ARE NOT CARRIED ALONG IN THE AFFAIRS OF NDDC.
Written by miebaka ikiriko on February 12, 2021
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that Governors of oil producing states were still being sidelined in the affairs of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC despite the inauguration of the Advisory Council of the intervention agency.
Governor Wike made the assertion when he played host to members of the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC led by its Chairman, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The Governor noted that because the ruling All Progressives Congress dictates what happens in the NDDC, the commission now acts like a state of its own and refused to interface with the Governors of the oil producing states to strategically develop the Niger Delta region.
Governor Wike explained that contrary to assumption that Governors of the Niger Delta were critical stakeholders in the affairs of the NDDC, they were not in the true sense of it, emphasizing that since the inauguration of the NDDC Advisory Council last year, the present Federal Government has ensured that the Governors are sidelined in the affairs of the commission.
He urged members of the Committee to be firm and resolute in its oversight function by ensuring that the negative narratives in the NDDC was stopped forthwith and the planned amendment of the Electoral Act ushered in a new era of free and fair elections in the country.
The Governor opined that he would continue to speak out for the interest of the people of Rivers state as he owed them a duty to provide them basic infrastructure for the mandate given him to serve the state.
Earlier, the Leader of the delegation and Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji- Ojo explained that the purpose of the visit was predicated on the fact that Governor Wike was a principal stakeholder in the affairs of NDDC.
Dr. Tunji-Oji assured that the Committee would ensure that the NDDC partnered critical stakeholders in the region to effect development.
He used the forum to eulogize Governor Wike on his developmental strides in the state and promised to collaborate with Governors in the Niger Delta Region to ensure that the voice of the region received prominent attention in the National Assembly