The PDP Chairman of Warri South- West Local Government Area, Chief Favour Izoukumor, has called on the Federal Government to inaugurate a substantive Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board.
According to Izuokumor, the inauguration will douse the tension and ill-feelings among the stakeholders of the oil rich Niger-Delta region and guarantee accountability in the running of the Commission.
Chief Izoukumor made this known during a media chat with newsmen in Warri, Delta State.
He said the recurring protests by various Niger Delta groups as a result of the Federal Government’s failure to inaugurate the NDDC Board, has justified the agitation.
According to the former Commissioner representing the Ijaw ethnic nationality in the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) the ongoing agitations on the issue by the various Niger Delta groups including the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Itsekiri Liberation Group (ILG), Isoko National Youth Assembly (INYA) and lately the foremost Niger Delta ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo popularly known as Tompolo, is a clarion call for the federal government to do the needful by inaugurating the NDDC board.
It will be recalled that the various Niger Delta groups had issued ultimata to the Federal Government to constitute a substantive board for the NDDC, threatening to close NDDC offices and also shutdown oil exploration activities in the region thus making the region ungovernable should the Buhari-led federal government fail to do the needful.
Chief Izoukumor, an advocate of peace, urged the Federal Government to hearken to the calls by the various stakeholders by constituting a substantive board for the NDDC without further delay.
He reiterated that it would give peace a chance in the Niger Delta region, noting that the inauguration of a substantive board for the NDDC will not only guarantee accountability in the management of the Commission but also remove ill feelings among the various stakeholders in the region.
The former DESOPADEC Commissioner however urged the various Niger Delta groups threatening to shutdown oil facilities not to do so as, according to him, doing so will create economic hardship for the people and the country as a whole since oil is the mainstay of the national economy.