BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—WORRIED by the stalemate in the confirmation of the Edo State representative on the newly constituted board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, a socio-political organisation in the Niger Delta, the Edo/Delta Movement for Equity and Progress, has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan not to destroy the laudable projects being carried out by NDDC in Edo and Delta states, by delaying the confirmation of Mr Henry Okhuarobo as Edo State representative.
The group in a statement by its National Coordinator, Mr. Victor Aigbe, commended the President’s reforms in power, education and aviation sectors, noting that the development of the Niger Delta region must not be sacrificed on the altar of politics “as we are observing in Edo State with regard to the appointment of the NDDC Commissioner.”
This came as youths from the oil rich Orhiomnwon Local Government Area, Edo State, protested yesterday, admonishing President Jonathan to follow the footsteps of late President Umaru Yar’Adua, who jettisoned politics and allowed governors who are not members of PDP to nominate NDDC representatives in their states.
However, Edo/Delta Movement for Equity, commended the President “for the confirmation of the Delta State governor’s nominees, Mr. Tom Amioku and Engr. Tuoyo Omatsuli, as Delta State Representative and the Executive Director Projects, respectively on the Board of NDDC.
“Their robust qualification for the position is undoubtedly impeccable. In the same vein, we urge Mr. President to equally confirm Okhuarobo, having regards to his ebullient performance and landmark achievements in his short time on the last board,” it stated.