By Emmanuel Aziken
ABUJAâ€”The SenateÂ Â Committee on Niger Delta yesterday deferred its decision on the Edo State representative on the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to today following the absence of the two senators from the state against the nominee, Mr. Mr. Donald Omorodion.
Mr. Omorodion who appeared before a nine-member panel of the committee yesterday was, however, endorsed by Senator Ehigie Uzamere (PDP, Edo South), the third senator from the state.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Senator James Manager who presided at yesterdayâ€™s screening exercise explained that the committee received a petition from Senators Odion Ugbesia (PDP, Edo Central) and Yisa Braimoh (PDP, Edo North). He explained that the committee would give Senator Ugbesia the opportunity to defend his petition against the nominee today before the presentation of the report tomorrow.
Senator Uzamere who represents the oil producing region of the state in endorsing the nomination traced the problem of the Niger Delta to the influence of outsiders.
â€œThe problem we have in the Niger Delta is the people should be allowed to decide their fate. Not too long ago somebody boasted of making $500 million from an oil block yet he has no oil in his place. I stopped the first nominee because I was not contacted but the two senators who supported him have no oil in their areas,â€ he said.