The Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties to Bayelsa State Government, Mr. Godday Smith, has said the tenure of the present Board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC board, ends by this December, anything contrary is a negation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.
Smith, who spoke in Warri, said “ the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, in July 16, 2015, dissolved the NDDC board led by Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, a slot zoned to Cross River State, and by the virtue of sections 2, 3 and 5 of the NDDC Establishment Act, the Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw-led Board had a mandatory four years tenure from December 16, 2013 to December 15, 2017, but after the dissolution of the board in July 2015, another person from Cross River, Senator Ndoma Egba was appointed to complete the chairmanship slot zoned to Cross River, while Akwa Ibom retained the Managing Director’s position to complete same, Delta State retained the Executive Director, Projects to complete same, therefore, the present board cannot be said to be a fresh one”.
According to him, “ by the NDDC Act, no single state in Niger Delta is entitled to hold a board position more than four years, its rotates among the producing states”. President Muhammadu should not be misled to believe that the present board has a fresh tenure of four years, this is a mockery of the FG’s anti-corruption fight”.
Smith further called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Gida Mustapha to dissolve the present NDDC board, and nominate the Chairman from Delta State and Managing Director from Bayelsa State, respectively, to constitute the new board.