THE Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has made a passionate appeal to the Muhammadu Buhari administration to priotise the payment of the N800 billion owed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, by the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan.
The appeal was contained in a statement in which the state APC expressed appreciation to President Buhari for the recent appointment of Ibim Semenitari as the new NNDC managing director in acting capacity. It described the appointment as best Christmas, Eid-el-Maulud and New Year gift to the Niger Delta region.
“We are very convinced that Semenitari, an award-winning journalist, media manager and seasoned human manager, will surely live the ideals and vision of President Buhari in the region. She has within few weeks at the helm of affairs as the NDDC boss demonstrated understanding of her task and the relevance of the commission to the region,” the party said in the statement signed by Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, its chairman.
The statement issued on Tuesday, January 18, commended Semenitari for fashioning out new strategies on how to develop the Niger Delta region and expressed optimism that her tenure would mark the beginning of the greatness of the region.
It, however, expressed sadness that the Jonathan administration had made things difficult for the new NDDC management by callously accumulating N400 billion debts to about 8,000 contractors, mostly Niger Delta sons and daughters. “The PDP administration ensured the total neglect and underdevelopment of the region by undermining Section 14, 2A and C of the NDDC Act, which has to do with the funding of the commission and was not complied with throughout the ill-fated administration of Dr Jonathan. To us, this is unacceptable, wicked and unfortunate,” it said.
The APC Rivers State also solicited the support of all Niger Deltans for the new NDDC management even as it urged Semenitari not to relent until the commission achieved its essence for the region by ensuring the completion of the numerous projects started by her predecessors for the emancipation and development of the Niger Delta. “We at the same time counsel the new NDDC leadership to initiate a stakeholders meeting of prominent actors in the region with the hope of harnessing a common front for a greater future for the region,” the statement said.
— Jan 19, 2016 @ 17:15 GMT