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Sit up or be kicked out, Maeba warns NDDC Board

By Jimitota Onoyume

PORT HARCOURT— The new board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has been told to sit up or be kicked out.

Handing down this warning in an exclusive interview with Vanguard, Chairman, Senate Committee on Upstream, Senator Lee Maeba, said the new board of the commission had been enmeshed in what he termed personality clash.

Noting that no serious organization could survive under such circumstance, Senator Meaba said stakeholders, including senators from the region, had made several appeals to members of the board to drop their differences and work for the interest of the region.

“The new board has been enmeshed in crisis of personality. Collectively, as stakeholders of the region, we have advised them to unite or be kicked out.

“Personality clash, every reasonable person knows that no organization can survive under such. We have advised them collectively and as individual senators, who are their friends, to come together and come out from a house of rift.”

Senator Meaba described the amnesty programme as a huge failure, adding that for it to succeed, the Federal Government should go back to the drawing board to address critical issues necessary for the success of the programme.

He said:  “There can be no true amnesty without rehabilitation; there can be no true amnesty without re- engagement. There can be no true amnesty. You bring a militant from the creek, after debriefing him, you send him for orientation, no house to live in. So where do you want him to go?

“This is a man that has been used to bush life for over a year, what do you call it when you cannot rehabilitate the man with even a single room? You just finish with a militant and leave him. You don’t know if he has stopped smoking or not, then you ask him to go and look for a house in Diobu, no work, then you increase the rate of robbers in the area, the wave of crime.

“ The amnesty is not really an amnesty until it carries the true component of amnesty, of re-engagement and social renewal.

“The amnesty now does not have any social renewal project. It is just a pronouncement, a hurried pronouncement. As far as I am concerned, if we want to do amnesty, we must go back to the drawing board.

“It is not a car until it has engine, radiator, headlamp etc. If it is a true amnesty, it should come out with all the components to sustain it.

“For now, I see it as a skeleton car that does not have component to make it move, yet somebody somewhere is saying move this car, move this car.”


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