NDDC, Niger Delta and national interest

Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 - Abuja (FCT)

The crisis rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over who should occupy which position in the running of the commission is fired by the selfish interest of each of the gladiators and not for the development of the Niger Delta or national interest. Twenty years after the NDDC was established to bring development to the region and leverage the people, nothing has been achieved and yet billions and billions have been pumped into the commission with nothing to show. The money has been frittered away by greedy, unscrupulous actors.

How to continue to milk the commission that has turned into a cash cow is the bone of contention. None of these greedy people is interested in bringing development to the blighted Niger Delta region or in leveraging the suffering people. Can there ever be sanity in the NDDC for it to do the onerous task it was established to do? I am even scandalised that the Federal Government that should stamp its feet and sanitise the commission appears to be complicit in fueling the crisis.

The NDDC, which mimicked the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), was established to perform a similar task. Within a decade, the FCDA transformed a virgin forest into the Abuja FCT. It worked conscientiously from scratch to accomplish that huge national assignment. Why has the NDDC worked for twenty years without achieving anything except to be mired in controversies?The reported setting up of an Interim Management Committee by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpebio, on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari is a step in the wrong direction and it is at the root of the crisis.




source: Guardian