An Umbrella group of Former Niger Delta Ex-Agitator Forum (NDEF) has described as “commendable” and “signs of committed Leadership” the decision by the present management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to redeployment of some top directors and investigate others over alleged corrupt practices at the Commission.
The group, which is an umbrella body of Former Militant Leaders in the region, though the issue of in-house self appraisal with the redeployment of 11 directors and ongoing internal investigations of corruption allegations in NDDC were signs of a committed leadership, the action will changed the negative stereotype attached to the commission and refocus the commission to its original mandate.
The NDE, in a statement issued via email and signed by its President, Prince Amaibi Hornby popularly known as Busta Rymes, applauded the Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba led new board of the NDDC for initiating the 21-point focus of direction at NDDC
According to the Statement, “We believe that these are moves that will eventually refocus the commission to its original mandate.The reform will make NDDC the vehicle to bring development and peace to the troubled Niger Delta and restore the confidence of the entire nation in the commission especially at this challenging time.”
“This will also entrench transparency and enable the commission get necessary and important support from stakeholders,” NDEF stated.
The group noted that NDDC’s partnership with the Bureau for Public Service Reforms, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and Open Government Partnership, will establish transparency in the commission.
NDEF condemned the recent reports that the NDDC was purchasing cars at the expense of developing the Niger Delta oil communities when investigations showed that NDDC was yet to even get approval to acquire operational vehicles.
The group dismissed the report as attempts to blackmail and arm-twists the management of the commission.
“The ugly situations in the past were people used blackmail and force of coercion to get what they want in the NDDC should stop as it was a major contributory factor to the woeful performances of the commission in the past.
“The Senator Victor Ndoma Egba led management board should be supported by all and sundry to reform the commission and achieved concrete results for the good of all management of go.
“The present management board is made up credible people from the Niger Delta, who have served the public in the past with proven integrity and in various capacities with unquestionable reputations.
“Resorting to forces of blackmailing and coercion will never help us. Information should be thoroughly investigated before allegations are made. Let us all support this new management of the NDDC to chart a new course for the commission and not to blackmail them,” NDEF said.