Buhari, Akpabio Making Mockery Of Niger Deltans With NDDC – Ayemi-Botu


UGHELLI – The paramount ruler of Seimbiri King­dom, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, King Charles Ayemi Botu, has stated that President Muhammadu Bu­hari and his Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpa­bio, are making mockery of Niger Deltans with the admin­istration of Niger Delta Devel­opment Commission (NDDC).

The monarch, who made this known during a thanks­giving service at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Okpokunou, to mark his 73rd birthday and 27th coronation anniversary, attributed the problems of the Niger Delta to massive corruption at both federal and state levels.

Ayemi-Botu, a former na­tional chairman of TROMP­COM, stressed that there must be concerted efforts to right the wrongs of the past, as well as massive human and infrastructural development across the country, most es­pecially the oil-bearing com­munities.

He said: “The state of our beloved country, especial­ly the Niger Delta region, should be of great concern to every well meaning Nigerian. The problem was caused by massive corruption, avarice, nepotism, winner-takes-all syndrome, bigotry and eth­no-religious dimension, that is being perpetrated by po­litical leaders both at federal and state government levels to their selfish ends and det­riment of those who elected them”.

The monarch, who was touched by what he described as total negligence of the peo­ple, called for proper develop­ment of the Niger Delta re­gion to equate with the level of degradation being suffered in the area as a result of oil exploration and exploitation.

He said President Buhari and Akpabio are making a mockery of the NDDC while few individuals have hi-jacked the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commis­sion (DESOPADEC) for their selfish ends.

He explained that he was in the fore-front of the agitation for the creation of 13% deri­vation fund, the NDDC and DESOPADEC, stressing that what is happening in the two interventionist agencies was not what was bargained for.

“The law passed by the Delta State House of Assem­bly made the derivation fund 50/50. The government has 50% and the oil-producing communities 50% of the 13%. Despite this legal document, contractors are not paid for jobs executed, ongoing jobs abandoned since 2018 and no new jobs awarded, undermin­ing the fact that Delta State is the highest in oil production”.

“For NDDC, it is unfor­tunate that Mr. President decided to allow Akpabio to be messing up with the inter­ventionist agency. Unhealthy politics has enveloped the Commission”, Botu lamented.

The first-class Ijaw tradi­tional ruler tasked the Feder­al and state Governments to monitor closely activities of the interventionist agencies to ensure they deliver their mandate to the people.




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