By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) eorldwide has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for nominating a seasoned administrator from Bayelsa State, Chief Samuel Ogbuku, as the substantive Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
IYC President, Timothy Peter Igbifa, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt yesterday, said the announcement of the much-awaited board members on the floor of the Senate had brought a relief to the council and all stakeholders in the Niger Delta.
Igbifa stated that the proposed board when inaugurated would reestablish the democratic administration of the commission as envisaged by the Act establishing the NDDC and era of autocratic impunity of the interventionist agency.
He recalled how his council and other well-meaning stakeholders sustained their protests against the concepts of a sole administrative model alien to the NDDC Act to run the affairs of the commission.
The IYC President said: “We were relentless in mobilising our people in the Niger Delta to resist the sole administration foisted on NDDC that negated the principles of equity, fairness and justice enshrined in the Act, which stipulates that a board with representatives from all the member states must at all time run the affairs of the commission.
“We are happy that our efforts as a council have paid off and we commend President Muhammadu Buhari for doing the right thing. It is better late than never.”
Igbifa stated that Ogbuku’s nomination was in agreement with the NDDC Act insisting that “it is the right of Bayelsa to produce the MD”.
The IYC President, however, urged the Senate not to delay the screening of the board nominees to avoid unnecessary politicking capable of derailing the directive of President Buhari and aborting the collective hope of the Niger Delta.
He described Ogbuku as a well-read seasoned administrator, who understood the problems and challenges of the Niger Delta with the capacity to confront them insisting that his appointment was deserving.
Igbifa said: “We have no doubt that Chief Samuel Ogbuku’s nomination is deserving. He is well-read with adequate understanding of the problems of the Niger Delta and possessed the capacity to tackle them.
“We commend our council members, who protested faithfully across the region as our prayers have been answered. We also thank the South-South governors for their firm stand during the demand for this board alongside all well meaning citizens”.