TWO Ijaw pressure groups, Niger Delta Development Initiative (NDDI) and the Ijaw Renaissance Front (IRF) have appealed to the National Assembly to confirm Air Vice Marshall Larry Koinyan (Rtd) as chairman of the NDDC just as it called on militants in the Niger-Delta to accept President Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s amnesty offer.
In a statement jointly signed by Messrs Ebi S. Dakoru (IRF) and Sagbegha M. Akamu, (NDDI), the groups described Koinyanâ€™s elevation as a step in the right direction noting that â€œit could have been one Mohammed or Chukuemaka or Sobowale of the WAZOBIAÂ fame. And all we will do is to grumble in painsâ€.
According to the group, â€œLarry Koinyan is a son of the soil. He has the training and the discipline and, of course, he is detribalised. WeÂ appreciate Mr. President because this appointment will give Larry Koinyan the opportunity to prove his mettle to the teeming Niger-Deltans who are in dire need of a focused, development-driven and disciplined Chairman for the NNDC.â€
The groups said â€œwe equally call on our Niger Delta brothers and sisters to accord Air Vice Marshall Larry Koinyan the needed support to have a penetrating eye on the activities of the NNDC because more than before we need a hard and well trained and disciplined fellow to supervise this institution.
This thinking is most important if we must remember the funny happenings surrounding the immediate past Chairman of the NNDC. We cannotÂ stop thanking Mr President for his painstaking search to find such a capable hand of impeccable track record . He is sure to deliver to the expectation of the Niger Deltans for he is a known disciplined personality.â€
The groups pointed out further that â€œin Nigeria today thanking public office holders for every little activity has become a trade and most times borne out of sycophancy. Therefore it was a difficult job raising our voices to thank Mr President and all those involved in the choice of Air Vice Marshall Larry Koiyan (rtd) as the Chairman, Board of Directors of the NNDC. Yet what is right is worth a salute.â€