Member representing Ilaje /Ese Odo Federal Constituency, Ondo State, Honourable Kolade Akinjo has charged the National Assembly to see to the lopsided way the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC was composed.
In a motion titled
“URGENT NATIONAL IMPORTANCE FOR INTERVENTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN THE NON-REPRESENTATION OF ABIA, IMO AND ONDO STATES IN THE NDDC BOARD”, moved by him today Thursday 26th January, the parliamentarian relayed the distress and demorality the development has caused his industrious people of the longest coastline of Nigeria.
The pro-masses and ever active people’s rep who has since taken up the matter with the Executive from inception of the nominations was unhappy while reeling out the wordings of the motion.
In his words, Akinjo fired ” The House, Notes that sometime in July 2016, the President sent to the National Assembly for confirmation names of persons to be members of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Recall that as part of its legislative duties, the National Assembly on the 11th October 2016, turned down confirmation of the nominees from Abia, Imo and Ondo States reason being the affected nominees were not from the oil producing areas of their respective States as enshrined in the Section 2 (1)(b) of the NDDC Act, 2000.
Notes that the NDDC Governing Board was subsequently inaugurated on 4th of November 2016 by the President.
Recall that the Governing Board of the NDDC is saddled with powers to manage the affairs of the commission which include the power to prepare its budget and to execute projects which are to make life meaningful for the hitherto neglected Niger Delta Region of which Ondo State is a part.”
The visibly sad Honourable thundered on “Saddened that it is about three months that the Governing Board has been inaugurated without the representatives of these three States on the Board.
Further Saddened that the Commission has been running for these three months without recourse to whether it was properly constituted by equal representation of all member States.
Disturbed that the implication for these these unrepresented States is grave; their non-participation in budgeting process of the Commission, non-representation of the interest of these affected States, non-determination of the projects that are dear to these affected States or projects that are of great importance to them and so on are their current plight due to the suppression of their representation.
Concerned that the Niger Delta being a peculiar terrain, especially Ilaje/Ese Odo Federal Constituency being the longest coastline in Nigeria, I invite this Honourable House to note that Nigerians from that part of Nigeria hold dear, their representation and civic contribution in the NDDC Governing Board and seriously in anguish right now due to their cut-off from what is statutorily their legal right.”
The entire chamber fell into pitiful silence as Honourable Akinjo prayed the House to “accordingly resolve to cause Mr. President to without delay send the names of the representatives of the affected three States who in accordance with the NDDC Act 2000 shall be persons from the oil producing areas of their respective States to the National Assembly for confirmation in order to enable those States to be represented on the Board of the NDDC.”