Saturday, June 6, 2020

Late Etang's Death: Activist Commiserates With NDDC, enjoined Nigerian Politicians To Allow Niger-Deltans Have A Good Test Of The Agency's Dividends Since Its Establishment.

ABUJA- A  prominent activist in the Niger Delta region and radical scholar, Dr. Barika D. Saro-Laka has Commiserated with the  Leadership of the NDDC over Etang's Death while calling on Politicians to allow the people of Niger-Delta to have a good feel of the Agency in terms of enjoying the dividends and the purpose for its establishment.

The Activist  who spoke to Newsmen recently in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria then  waned the National Assembly to concentrate on its primary job and stop intruding into the day-to-day activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The Activist stated that since 2000 when former President Olusegun Obasanjo established the agency, Niger Deltans have not seen or enjoyed up to 25% of the benefits of development it was supposed to get because some members of the National Assembly have been milking the Commission as a cash cow.

According to the activist who doubled as  the secretary-general of the Niger Delta Intelligent Assessment Group (NDIAG), past leadership of NDDC were unable to optimally and excellently discharge their functions due largely to the over-bearing negative and selfish disturbances, influence and threats of some past and present greedy members of the National Assembly and insisted that this charade must stop now if the establishment must achieve its mandate under Prof. K.D. Pondei.

The activist said the proposed probe of the agency by the current National Assembly does not hold water because an existing forensic panel ordered by Mr. President is yet to conclude its work.

He told the journalists that some selfish politicians might have compelled some lawmakers to make compromises due to their inability to have their fronts and stooges form part of the current management of the NDDC Board.

 Dr. Saro-Laka urged Federal lawmakers to stop distracting the Pondei-led Commission since they won’t be able to intimidate the scholar and extort money from his Interim Management Committee (IMC).

The renowned global fighter said NDIAG and its partners would be forced to petition any member of the National Assembly to the National Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International if the nonsense of interrupting the work of the Commission continues by lawmakers, saying people must learn to serve the public without selfish or sinister motives.

NDIAG also commended the present management of the agency for its dynamic and transparent approach to leadership, stressing that Pondei was the best gift to Niger Deltans from President Muhammadu Buhari since NDDC was established.

 According to him, the current management is faring better due to the careful selection of the team by Mr. President, which include a respected scholar and technocrats all of whom are God-fearing.

 “All of us at NDIAG want to use the opportunity of this press interview to console the NDDC IMC Board over the loss of its member and late Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Chief Bassey Etang, who died yesterday being May 28”, Dr. Saro-Laka added.

He said although the National Assembly has oversight functions on MDAs, its job should not be done by way of intimidation, crash-in or threats to members of the interim committee and cannot be done while the ongoing Presidential forensic probe lasts.

The secretary-general of NDIAG said the intellectual think-tank would be forced to picket the National Assembly and sue any of its members that are found to be disturbing the Commission from performing its statutory duties and name them publicly.

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