July 21, 2024
The leadership of the Ijaw Youths Counci ( IYC), Abuja/Northern Nigeria Chapter, has accused the Senate of a deliberate attempt to frustrate the geniune intentions of President Muhammadu Buhari at inaugurating the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC).

President Buhari, had in a clear directive when he ordered the removal of the former Sole Administrator of the Commission, Mr Effiong Akwa Okon, instructed that the Board should be inuagurated immediately. 

The IYC chairman, Comrade Adams Marbo, in a statement in Abuja expressed dismay over the continous delay by the Senate, days after it reconvened after recess, to act on the NDDC matter, noting that it was on the strength of the President’s position that the Minster of Niger Delta Affairs Mr Umanah Okon Umanah, during his visit to the Commission’s headquarters, informed journalists that the names of the reconstituted Board had already been sent to the Senate.

Comrade Ogomugo Marbo, insists that the action of the Senate is a disrespect to President Buhari and an affront to his authority having transmitted the nominees to the Senate.

The IYC chairman prayed that the delay by the Senate should not be connected to speculations in the media that the present management of the NDDC and some big contractors are lobbying the Senate to delay the inauguration to enable some few selfish individuals to continue to share the commonwealth of the people of the region among themselves. 

While urging President Buhari to order an investigation into the allegation, the IYC Chairman plead with the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Obong Umana  Okon Umana, to maintain his integrity which he has been known for over the years, by resisting the pressure to be dragged into the mess and greedy arrangement targeted at delaying the inauguration of the Board.

However Comrade Adam Marbo has expressed confidence in the leadership of the Senate led by Senator Ahmed Lawal to do the needful for the betterment of the larger society.
The inauguration of the Board, according to the IYC Chairman, will contribute immensely to sustain the peace already being enjoyed in the Niger Delta region.

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