By Emeka Nwokocha
Against the backdrop of continuous calls from different groups and good spirited Nigerians to President Muhammadu Buhari to scrap the Akpabio-led interim management team and urgently constitute a substantive NDDC Board, the coordinator of Urhobo Youths Democratic Movement (UYDM), Deacon Monday Enudi has thrown his weight behind the 7-day ultimatum handed President Muhammadu Buhari by the former leader of MEND, Chief Government Ekpemupolo to heed the people’s call in order to restart developmental activities in the Niger Delta.
Deacon Monday Enudi, who doubles as the State Director of the Conference for the Actualisation of Human Rights (CAHR), made this known via a press statement in reaction to the continued deprivation of Urhobo nation and the entire Niger Delta from meaningful economic and infrastructural development, occasioned by epileptic operation of NDDC over a long time.
Deacon Enudi, while reiterating his unwavering stand on the vexing issue, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful in the interest of the Niger Delta people.
Continuing, Enudi lamented the heightened corruption rocking NDDC in recent times, stating that the interventionist agency has been hijacked by greedy persons charged with the responsibility of managing its affairs. He further noted that since the inception of the Buhari government, NDDC has been operating on an interim board, a development he said was counter productive, even as he prevailed on Mr. president to scrap the Akpabio-led interim management team, and inaugurate a new NDDC board without further delay.
Enudi stated that the ongoing forensic investigation constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari following widespread corruption in the agency should not truncate and hinder the operations of the interventionist agency whose primary objective is to improve the wellbeing of the Niger Delta people.
The press statement continues thus:
“Considering the epileptic operations of NDDC arising from the yet to be constituted new NDDC board by the Nigerian government, coupled with the tsunamic currupt activities bedevilling the agency since it was created, and the attendant consequences of poor management of the agency on Niger Delta, l am constrained to express my disappointed at the wobbling state and disingenuous manner NDDC is being run, and l categorically state as follows:
“That as a matter of urgency, President Muhammadu Buhari should constitute a substantive NDDC board to discontinue the lull in the activities of the agency, with a view to giving the Niger Delta people a sense of belonging.
“That l will not look the other way while few cabals continuously poach the resources of Niger Delta, and plunge the people into abject poverty and destitution in the midst of plenty.
“That I vehemently call on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop playing the ostrich while the people of Niger Delta grope in forlorn hope and contend with widespread poverty and delapidated infrastructure, a development that presents Niger Delta as a subdued enclave whose people are being relegated to a humiliating and beggarly status of hewers of wood and drawers of water.
“That l seriously frown at the gross injustice and scuttling of the activities of the NDDC by greedy and corrupt persons to a very worrisome dimension while Mr. President poses indifferent to the sadistic development.
“That the inglorious appointment of an interim sole administrator to run the activities of NDDC is undoubtedly repugnant to the overall good of the people of Niger Delta. Therefore, it should be discontinued forthwith in the interest of the people of the region.
“That rather than fueling crisis in Niger Delta for selfish and personal aggrandizement, Sen. Godswill Akpabio should bow to the popular demands of the people so as to restoring unfettered peace in the region.
“That President Muhammadu Buhari should scrap the Akpabio-led interim management team, to pave way for inauguration of a legitimate substantive NDDC board.
“That l passionately call on the sons and daughters of Urhobo nation to resist and jettison Akpabio’s antics and avoid meetings with him, as it has become obvious that Akpabio covertly and overtly encourages corruption in NDDC, therefore he has no honour in his purported arsenal of power to dispense honour.
“That l am trusting Mr. president to do the needful so as to dousing rising tension in Niger Delta.
“In conclusion, there is no gainsaying the fact that the recurring draught in infrastructural development in Niger Delta has brought untold hardship to the region and alienated its people from their God’s given resources (oil and gas) over the years.”