By Binebai Princewill
A renowned Nigerian peace ambassador, Amb. John Dekawei has charged the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio to urgently constitute a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to properly tackle the multifaceted developmental woes confronting the region. The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide can report.
Amb. John Dekawei made the remark yesterday in Warri while reacting to developments surrounding the Niger Delta Development Commission in recent times since Sen. Akpabio became the supervisory minister to the commission.
The peace ambassador noted that Sen. Akpabio will not have his way all the time, stressing that he can’t bribe all Niger Deltans, adding that he must listen to the voice of the people now.
He continued that it was wrong for Sen. Godswill Akpabio to have singularly hold the entire Niger Delta region to ransom by dealing with the NDDC as his private business, noting that enough is enough.
Speaking further, the revered Niger Delta born youth leader maintained that the forensic audit must not be the reason why a substantive board for the NDDC cannot be constituted for the proper development of the Niger Delta.
Dekawei asserted that it is annoying to see that other similar interventionist agencies in other regions are quietly enjoying full board while the reverse is the case with NDDC and the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta.
The Nigerian advocate of good governance expressed worry over the alleged forensic audit in the NDDC, wondering why the entire exercise has no expiring date.
“This whole drama of forensic audit makes no sense to me, it is just a clever way of manipulating Niger Deltans to loot their common wealth, the whole thing is seen as a scam and a huge fraud.
“As a people, we can’t afford to see the Niger Delta region boil again, it is on this note that I am calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and other relevant stakeholders in the polity to hold Akpabio responsible if the region boils again.
“At least there is a limit to which anyone can manipulate a people, the demand is very simple, constitute a substantive board for the NDDC, we are not interested in any forensic audit or whatever that is not having any bearing with the constitution of a Substantive Board “.
John Dekawei is the Public Relations Officer (PRO) elect Okerenkoko Federated Community in oil rich Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
Amb. John Dekawei is President general of the revered Niger Delta Socio Cultural group under the aegis of Delta Ijaw Youth Movement for Political Advancement (DIYMPA), raising the banner of good governance in Niger Delta and Nigeria at large.
It would be recalled that Amb. John Dekawei is also the chairman cum founder of the John Dekawei Foundation (JDF), a Non Governmental Organisation he has used in transforming the lives of many across the globe.