By Ephraim Oseji & Anozie Egole
The Ndokwa National Union, an umbrella body of the Ukwuani speaking people of Delta State has decried the neglect of their people in the distribution of amenities in the Niger-Delta region by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The group which made this declaration over the week, noted in dismay that stakeholders of the NDDC were all invited to a summit that would chat a new course for the people in the region but the Ndokwa people were inadvertently excluded without reason.
A release by the groups National President, Pharm Paul Enebeli noted in dismay that despite the extension of invitation to all stakeholders to the all important summit, only one Ndokwa indigene may have been invited.
Enebeli stated that the Ndokwa nationality which comprises Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West and Ukwnani are oil producing with several oil companies engaged in oil production with its attendant negative consequence on the lives and livelihood of our people.
He further stated that except for the independent power plant in Okpai, there is no Federal government presence in the entire Ndokwa land despite its enormous contribution to the economic well being of the country. ‘The Agip-Okpai independent power plant he said was commissioned by the past President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005, generates 480 mega watts of electricity into the national grid yet majority of the host community remains in perpetual darkness.
The President recalled that the NDDC is a corporate body established by an act of parliament with a mandate to cater for the developmental needs of all Niger Deltans, the Ndokwa citizens, adding that it is provocative for the NDDC to organize a summit of such magnitude without carrying a major stakeholder like the Ndoka people along in its planning and execution.
The Ndokwa group however reminded President Goodluck Jonathan to commence the search for a replacement of the NDDC Commissioner from the Ndokwa extraction as its their turn to occupy the seat upon the expiration of the present commissioner’s tenure.