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Edo should produce NDDC MD, says group

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A group, Network for Grassroots Development on Monday said that it was the turn of Edo State to produce the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission going by the Act that set up the body.

Reacting to a statement credited to the Niger Delta Rescue Movement which recently claimed that Edo and Ondo States could not produce the next NNDC MD, a statement by the Co-Administrator of NGD, Ukato Thomas, insisted that Edo and not any other state should produce the next helmsman going by its establishing Act.

He said, “The suggestion that such a warped submission is anchored on the provision of the NDDC Act makes their case even more ludicrous. Of particular note and interest is Section 12(1) of the NDDC Act.

“Consequently, it is, therefore, erroneous to put forward in the public domain that Edo and Ondo states are not qualified to produce the Managing Director of the NDDC,” he added.

He alleged that the NDRM may have been sponsored by a neighbouring state adding, “As Niger Deltans, we must learn to live together in an atmosphere of equity and fairness or we condemn ourselves to self-destruction and then turn around to blame outsiders for our woes.

“We also need to state clearly that Edo State is by every indices the state that is entitled to produce the next Managing Director of the NDDC at this point in time being the fifth state in terms of oil and gas production quota among the nine member states of the commission and in the country.

“This position is not borne out of the need to agitate for the sake of agitation but it is supported by established facts and statistics of the contributions of each state to the oil revenue of the country. For those who doubt this position, they should do well to educate themselves with the recent statistics from the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission and of course the Federal Ministry of Finance.

“Like many well-meaning Nigerians and organizations, Network for Grassroots Development is greatly appalled by the delay in inaugurating the Board of the NDDC and the continuous administration of the agency by an illegal administrative structure.

“We join in the call on the Federal Government to immediately inaugurate the Board of the NDDC in line with the provisions of the NDDC Act in such a manner that gives each component member of the commission a sense of belonging and ownership of the resources accruing to the Commission,” he added.

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