Orbih calls for suspension of allocations to NDDC over non-constitution of board

The South-South National Vice Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Osi Orbih, has called for the immediate suspension of allocation to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over the non-constitution of the Board of the Commission.

Orbih, who made the called on Sunday during the ceremony held to celebrate his emergence as the National Vice Chairman, South-South, of the PDP at its zonal congress held in Port Harcourt penultimate week, insisted that the non-constitution of the board for the NDDC to oversee the affair of the Commission was capable of encouraging fraudulent activities, hence the need to stop the release of funds to the interventionist agency.

The event which held at the Benin home of the late Chief Tony Anenih, former National leader and BoT Chairman of the PDP, attracted a galaxy of party leaders and loyalists such as Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Marcus Onobun, and other leaders.

The PDP Vice chairman also used the occasion to commend Governor Godwin Obaseki’s last week’s victory at the Court of Appeal, noting that it was a reaffirmation of the party’s victory at the September 19, 2020, governorship election in the state.

“I condemn the failure of the Federal Government for not constituting the NDDC Board in accordance with the Act. The NDDC is now a celebrated institution of fraud and scandals denying the Niger Delta people of accelerated development as envisaged in the Act. Until a proper Board is inaugurated, the government should suspend all allocations to the commission,” Orbih posited.

“These are part of the problem the APC Federal Government has created. How do you pick somebody from a state where you have a government? Have you ever taken pains to look at the act setting up the NDDC? The nominations should come from the states but what we have is the appointment for party’s patronage. The whole idea of the NDDC considering the special need of the people and the fact that a lot of environmental damage goes with the drilling of oil from the commission the government thought it wise that let’s have a commission that will address the special need of development in the region.”

“In doing that, various state government concerned are supposed to make inputs to the board. When Adams Oshiomhole was the government of Edo State, the NDDC nominee was done by Adams Oshiomhole even though there was a PDP Federal Government. So, you cannot play politics with the development of the region,” he added.

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