A pressure group, South-East and South- South Professionals, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to de-emphasise politics and favouritism in the appointment of Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
The group in a statement, entitled Time to run NDDC professionally, suggested the setting up of a panel of well educated judges and clerics to choose those to be on the Board of the commission, arguing that the appointment of members of previous Boards on political considerations had been the bane of the commission.
It stated: “We request Mr President to jump-start his transformation agenda by ensuring that charity begins at home. It is now time to appoint another Board for the NDDC and the nation would be glad to see a new system of appointment totally devoid of politics.
“We suggest that Mr President may choose to abide by the rotation principle but even at that, let him call for proposals from interested persons. Let them state how they will utilize the allocation to NDDC to turn around the zone and member states.
“The judges should be well educated clerics and elder statesmen from the area. No favouritism and no intervention from the ever meddling governors. Let the best man emerge and show case his brilliance to his people.
“We urge some of our members like Tonye Cole, Pat Bassey, Jim Ovia, Atedo Peterside, Udoma Udo Udoma , Ifueko Omogui-Okauru, Pat Utomi and Ledum Mittee to leave their comfort zone and once again give service to our people.”