*Accuses the commission of deviating from its mandate
By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA—THE Host Community Niger-Delta Oil and Gas, HOSTCOM, has criticized activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, which it accused of sidelining people of the region in all its programmes since inception.
National Chairman, HOSTCOM, Chief Alfred Bubor, who made this claim when he led a delegation to the Minister of Niger-Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe, in Abuja, also accused the NDDC of deviating from its obligation and mandate.
The NDDC, according to him, has totally deviated from its duties and only propagated selfish agenda which he said strengthened corruption and oil theft in the region.
He added that, despite attempts by past administrations to better the lots of the people, the activities of oil exploration and production leading to gas flaring, had scuttled such developmental effort. Bubor said: “Certain individuals empowered to salvage the people from such devastating disaster were often the instruments that dis-empower and impoverish the local people.”The people of the communities where the oil and gas are produced have never participated in nor felt their impact. These interventions programmes have always been designed by politicians and Government officials for heir selfish gains.
“The failure have largely been due to to government’s frequent interventions, corruptions and institutional capacity deficit.”
He harped on the need for the present administration to partner with HOSTCOM to creat edevelopment for the people and not politicians who he accused of propagating selfish agenda.
Bubor said: “We are from the immediate community. We come from the people and they listen to us. We are also working with the youths, to make them see reason why all the activities in the creek must stop so that we will collectively work towards assisting the present administration in is transformation agenda.”
Responding, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, assured the HOSTCOM leadership that the Federal Government will partner with them to bring development to the people at the grass root.