EX-militant chief, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, on Sunday, gave the Nigerian authorities seven days to inaugurate the substantive Board of the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The assertion signed by Tompolo stated: “I want to name on Mr. President, members of the National Assembly and safety companies to work in the direction of the structure of the substantive board of the NDDC, inside a number of days, to avert a complete breakdown of legislation and order that can equally have an effect on crude oil exploration and exploitation actions within the area.
“It is towards this background that I want to name on Mr President, members of the National Assembly and Security Agencies to work in the direction of the structure of the substantive board of the NDDC inside a number of days to avert a complete breakdown of legislation and order that can equally have an effect on crude oil exploration and exploitation actions within the area.
“I hereby proclaim a seven- day ultimatum starting the date of this publication to inaugurate the substantive board of the Commission.”
He described the latest protest by the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) as a preamble if his calls for are ignored,
“Senator Akpabio’s temporal reprieve from the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) protest is a child’s play compared to what is to come in a few days. He is about to be awakened to the rage of the Niger Delta region,” he stated.
Describing the working of the NDDC as undemocratic, Tombolo stated, “I’ve watched and noticed with eager curiosity the circumstances surrounding the structure of the NDDC board for a while now. I’d have continued to maintain watching and observing, however for love of the area and the nation.
“The steady working of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by a sole administrator on the occasion of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Akpabio, is undemocratic and anti-development, therefore unacceptable to the individuals of the area. The individuals of the area are averse to a one man present in a fee that’s supposed to take care of the developmental wants of 9 states, specifically, Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers. It will possible set the area on hearth, before later.
“The act establishing the fee supplied amongst different issues that it is going to be administered by a board comprising a Chairman, Managing Director, Executive Directors and Commissioners who will probably be drawn from the 9 states that made up the area. However, this provision has been blatantly undermined by Senator Godswill Akpabio and his co-travellers within the Presidency. There isn’t any provision for both interim administration committee or sole administration within the act that establishes the NDDC.
“Common sense will let you know that the so-called forensic audit that has been utilized by Senator Akpabio to strangle the fee might be greatest performed with a substantive board that brings all representatives from the 9 states and different components of the nation. As one from the area, Senator Akpabio’s preliminary mission to audit previous actions of the fee was seen as welcome improvement, however later the individuals realised that it was a private mission to feather the following of his 2023 political ambition. Clearly, the current state of the fee is irregular and will throw the comparatively peaceable area within the nation into chaos and acrimony.
“Undermining the very clear provisions within the establishing act beneath the guise of an limitless forensic audit is evil, and must be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians. It is in itself an act of corruption because the individuals of the area have misplaced a lot sources within the technique of the so-called forensic audit. No one can inform the amount of cash that has been spent by Senator Akpabio in pursuing this divisive agenda. It is clear that there will probably be one other forensic audit to analyze the actions of Senator Akpabio by the point he let go of the fee. This is disheartening and worrisome.
“Senator Akpabio has refused to pay contractors even after analysis of labor executed. He has selectively paid his cronies and people within the listing of political patronage. It is an open secret that some contractors have been made to half with as much as between 30% and 50% of the contract sum. I ask, the place is the fairness and probity of this sole administration?
“There isn’t any method issues will proceed on this method. I’m stunned on the latest silence of extremely positioned individuals from the area on this matter. Perhaps, Senator Akpabio isn’t alone on this NDDC abduction. This should be a product of excessive wired conspiracy amongst individuals from the Presidency, National Assembly and Security Agencies to perpetually silence all well-meaning Nigerians on this unusual deal. Senator Akpabio ought to know that it’s time to finish this barbaric act as it is going to be concertedly resisted within the days forward.”