A group, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be courageous in applying the act of the interventionist agency, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), by granting Ondo State the slot of its next Managing Director in the interest of justice and fair play.
A statement yesterday by its Secretary General, Blessing Akinlosotu, decried the purported report credited to a group, ‘Ondo Elders Forum’, that Yoruba had glossed over agitation on next NDDC’s leadership. According to NYCN, “It is often said that anyone that points at his/her father’s house with a left finger is definitely troubled.”
It urged President Buhari to disregard the statement by the Yoruba Elders. The group said: “To set the record straight, Section 4 of the NDDC Act said the office of the chairman shall rotate amongst the member states of the commission in the following alphabetical order: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers, and shall continue in that order throughout the life of the commission.
“Consequently, since the establishment of the NDDC, the chairman of the governing board has been appointed in accordance with the principle of rotation as outlined in the NDDC Act, while that of the Managing Director was captured in Section 12 (1) of the NDDC act.
“There shall be for the Commission, a Managing Director, and two Executive Directors who shall be indigenes of oil producing areas starting with the member-state of the Commission with the highest production quantum of oil and shall rotate amongst member states in order of production.
”This unambiguous provision of the NDDC Act means that every member state shall produce the MD of the Commission in a rotational manner following a sequential order that uses the quantum of oil production starting with the state with the highest production at the time of the establishment of the commission.”
The group called on the president to make the law effective as Ondo State is the next in line for the position of Managing Director of the Commision.