By Daniel Gumm
WARRI — The call for the transfer of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs was, yesterday, described as ill-motivated and self-serving.
Vanguard gathered that Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsdey Orubebe, had urged President Jonathan to transfer the supervisory role of the NDDC from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
Mr. Daniel Reyenieju, who represents Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, told Vanguard that such a call “is most unfortunate, particularly from a public officer of the rank of a Minister, who in the exercise of his official functions in the allocation of developmental projects and training of youths has remained inherently sectional along tribal lines, and espousing the wrong notion that the Niger Delta region is mono-ethnic.”
Reyenieju said the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs as presently constituted “has completely displayed such principle of winner-takes-all which has precipitated the alienation of most oil producing ethnic groups in the region.”
On the said inundation of the ministry with questions on why NDDC was not supervised by the Ministry, the lawmaker contended that those who claimed to be inundated with such questions were only hearing the echo of their own voices. “In reality such said calls are nothing but figments of their imaginations,” he said
He said the Ministry and NDDC, including the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government are under the office of the President which President Jonathan heads. Reyenieju noted that irrespective of the shortcomings in the NDDC in terms of fulfilling its statutory objectives, the present leadership of the commission had remained more broad-minded and accommodating than the present leadership of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.