Former Governor of Bayelsa state, Senator Seriake Dickson has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) according to the acts setting up the Commission.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the Senator representing Bayelsa West also kicked against transfer of the Niger Delta Ministry to the presidency.
While commending the the President and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio on the commissioning of NDDC headquarters in Portharcourt, Dickson said Akpabio should guide the president on how to nominate members for the board.
Dickson: “I commend President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the entire NDDC team on the virtual commissioning of the new headquarters of the commission in Port Harcourt a few days ago by Mr President.
“What is left now is for the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs to consult stakeholders and guide the President correctly in constituting the NDDC board in accordance with the Act as soon as possible.”
He further said that: “While the ongoing forensic audit of the NDDC is being finalized, the President can send the names to the Senate for appropriate action. The Niger Delta people need a functional NDDC Board to begin to clear the mess in the commission.
“I call on the President to follow the NDDC Act in the composition of the expected board by which Bayelsa should have the Managing Director.
Voicing his opposition to the transfer of the Ministry Dickson said the move is not in the best interest of Niger Delta.
“I am against the call that the Ministry of Niger Delta be transferred to the Presidency. I advise stakeholders and some leaders in the Niger Delta who are advocating such a move to withdraw as it is not in the best interest of the Niger Delta.
‘The Niger Delta does not need such a self inflicted injury. Even if such people have disagreements with, or do not like Senator Akpabio or any current holder of that office, they should not push for an action that is glaringly inimical to the interest of the region.
” The fact is that the office of the Minister will be occupied by someone from the Niger Delta and it will amount to cutting ones nose to spite the face to demand its transfer to the Presidency. We should not hesitate to point out errors on the part of those who are superintending over the affairs of the NDDC but it is against Niger Delta interest to move the supervision of the NDDC to any other place other than the ministry of the Niger Delta,”he said.