BENINâ€”Edo Unity League (EUL) has lamented the absence of an Edo State representative in Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and appealed to Governor Adams Oshiomhole to find urgent solution to the issue in the interest of oil producing communities of the state.
It noted that the state was yet to have a nominee in the NDDC Board because of the political face-off between Governor Oshiomhole and the former Chairman of Peoples Democratic Partyâ€™s (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih.
It also observed that no matter the determination and good spirit of the governor towards the infrastructural and human capital development of the state and people, the state might not witness rapid development unless agencies such as the NDDC and Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Area Development Commission (EDSOPADEC) were made functional.
The group, in a statement signed by its President, Evangelist Festus Salami, alleged that a national leader of the PDP in the state had taken undue advantage of the absence of an NDDC representative in the state to award huge contracts in favour of Edo Central district to the detriment of the people of Edo South where oil is produced.
It stated: â€œSo far, the Oshiomhole administration has been struggling to boost the infrastructural base of Edo State. The functionality of these interventionist agencies will no doubt help in boosting the developmental agitations of Edo people.
â€œThis is why we have resolved to place on record and to say, for the umpteenth time, that Edo people will be mobilized by our group to seek self-help in the face of these threats to good governance by anyone we find culpable.
â€œIt is a fact that the governor sent a nominee five months ago, who was rejected on the ground of questionable credentials. We believe that a credible nominee that had been associated with the cause of the oil development communities; recovery of Edo oil wells and a formidable relations with the Niger Delta struggle will be able to assist the governor in boosting the â€˜dawn of a new eraâ€™ which Comrade Adams Oshiomhole symbolizes.â€
â€œWe call on Edo people to join in the wake-up call in forcefully transforming or re-orienting Chief Anenih to repent from retrogressive politics of resisting development of other districts of Edo State other than his native Uromi settlement.
â€œThis was how he cancelled the contract of Anegbete road project which was influenced by Admiral Mike Akhigbe. We will mobilize to fight this injustice by any means available to us.
â€œIn the mean time, we have instructed our team of lawyers to file a law suit against the NDDC Board for awarding monies appropriated for Edo State in the circumstance of the absence of a substantive representative of the state without recourse to the oil bearing communities or the state governor.â€