In the letter sent through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha and copied to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, NDDC, Godswill Akpabio, they complained that two brothers from the same Oron ethnic group were appointed into the board.
The lopsidedness and inequity according to them would generate community tension, create bad blood and bring the Federal Government into disrepute, adding that an indigene of Eket, one of the major oil producing local governments should be part of the newly constituted board.
The petition tagged, “Nomination of two members for the NDDC Board from Oron Ethnic Nationality: A case of skewed political maneuvering by the Minister of Niger Delta Affair,” demanded fair and equitable distribution of the positions to accommodate someone from Eket.
Part of the petition reads: “We are under the instruction of the entire Ekid nation comprising the traditional rulers, youths, women of the four Local Government Areas of Eket, Onna, Esit Eket and Ibeno, to draw your attention, as the chief Adviser to Mr. President to the skewed nomination by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, of two blood brothers from the same ethnic community, as statutory members for the NDDC Board.
“The situation is more disturbing when viewed against the backdrop of the fact that, as a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, the sensitive nature of this exercise should not be lost on him, leading to the inevitable conclusion that he is out to generate community tension, create bad blood and bring the Federal Government into disrepute, in a totally avoidable matter.”
The petitioners however endorsed the nomination of current Sole Administrator, Pastor Effiong Akwa, for acquitting himself so far in managing the Commission,
Meanwhile, a Civil Society Organization (CSO), Network Advancement Programme for Poverty and Disaster Risk Reduction (NAPPDRR) also urged the President to look into the matter.
In a petition signed by the President, Al mustapher Edoho (Esit Eket); Kinsley Ufang, Secretary (Onna); Michael Ufang, Director, Youth Affairs, Mobilization and Strategy (Onna); the Prince Samuel Akwa Udo, Vice President (Ibeno) and Mr. Jubril Uwem Edukere, the group threatened a lawsuit if the anomaly remains unaddressed before the appearance of the nominees before the National Assembly for clearance.
“It is our considered opinion that the nominees from Akwa Ibom State should not come from one ethnic nationality as envisioned by the Minister.
“We advise the Federal Government that we accept the nomination of the current Sole Administrator, Effiong Akwa, to continue as Executive Director, Finance and Administration (EDFA) because of sterling performance.
“We advise that the State Representative should come from Eket ethnic nationality, one of the major oil producing community”, the petitioner stressed.