June 10, 2009

Group wants Ndokwa native on NDDC board

By Festus Ahon

UGHELLI—THE Co-ordinator of Ndokwa Youths Coalition, Mr. Obiajulu Onyia, has appealed to Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, to nominate a native of Ndokwa as the state commissioner for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC when the board is being reconstituted.

Onyia, who spoke to newsmen shortly after a meeting of the group held at Ashaka, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state, said the Ndokwa nation has qualified persons for the position.

While expressing confidence in Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan as a detribalized Deltan, he lamented that the Ndokwa nation has never been given the opportunity to produce a commissioner for the NDDC.

According to him, “the Ndokwa people were being politically and socio-economically deprived in the scheme of things” and stressed the need to balance political appointments in the state. He added that the Ndokwa people have hosted oil companies but have nothing to show for oil exploration in the area.

He said Ndokwa nation, apart from being a major producer of oil and gas in the country, the ethnic group harbours the largest gas plant and independent power plant situated at Okpai, Ndokwa East Local Government Area.

Onyia said the Ndokwa people are peace loving, hospitable and kind, adding that their peaceful disposition is known across the country and pledged the continued support of the coalition to the State Government and the NDDC management.