Yenagoa—The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for nominating Chief Samuel Ogbuku as the substantive Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The body described Ogbuku, a former Chief of Staff to the Bayelsa State Governor, as a seasoned administrator.
The Niger Delta Heral reports that the IYC President, Timothy Peter Igbifa in a statement on Wednesday said the announcement of the much-awaited board members on the floor of the Senate had brought relief to the council and all stakeholders in the Niger Delta.
He said the proposed board when inaugurated would establish the democratic administration of the commission as provided by the Act that established the NDDC.
According to him, the IYC under his leadership and other well-meaning stakeholders has protested against the concepts of a sole administrative model which he said is alien to the NDDC Act to run the affairs of the commission.
“We were relentless in mobilising our people in the Niger Delta to resist the sole administration foisted on NDDC that negated the principles of equity, fairness, and justice enshrined in the Act, which stipulates that a board with representatives from all the member states must at all times run the affairs of the commission.
“We are happy that our efforts as a council have paid off and we commend President Muhammadu Buhari for doing the right thing. It is better late than never.”
He said the nomination of Bayelsa politician—Chief Samuel Ogbuku as the substantive Managing Director of the commission was in agreement with the NDDC Act insisting that “It is the right of Bayelsa to produce the MD.”
Igbifa, however, urged the Senate not to delay the screening of the board nominees to avoid unnecessary politicking capable of derailing the directive of President Buhari and aborting the collective hope of the Niger Delta.
He described Ogbuku as a well-read seasoned administrator, who understands the problems and challenges of the Niger Delta with the capacity to confront them insisting that his appointment was deserving.
“We have no doubt that Chief Samuel Ogbuku’s nomination is deserving. He is well-read with an adequate understanding of the problems of the Niger Delta and possessed the capacity to tackle them.
“We commend our council members, who protested faithfully across the region as our prayers have been answered. We also thank the south south governors for their firm stand during the demand for this board alongside all well-meaning citizens.”