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Governor Nyesom Wike laments sidelining by NDDC

By Ifunanya Obeme-Ndukwe

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Rivers State governor, NYESOM WIKE, has said that despite the inauguration of the advisory council of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, oil producing state governors are still sidelined in the affairs of the intervention agency. Governor WIKE the NDDC refused to interface with the Governors of the oil producing States to strategically develop the Niger Delta region, because the governing party dictates what happens in the commission.

In a statement by the Special Assistant Media to the Rivers State Governor, KELVIN EBIRI, the governor said this when members of the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC led by its chairman, Honorable, OLUBUNMI TUNJI-OJO paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

According to the governor, since the inauguration of the NDDC advisory council last year, the present federal government has ensured that the governors are sidelined in the affairs of the commission. Governor WIKE explained that the Rivers State government recently obtained a court order that prohibits the commission from carrying out projects without the consent of the state government, in a bid to ensure NDDC does not embark on indiscriminate execution of projects.

The Governor urged the National Assembly to be firm in its oversight function by ensuring that the NDDC stops squandering the resources meant for the development of the Niger Delta region on building roads in Army barracks, police stations and spending Billions of Naira to ensure he did not win election.

Leaders of the delegation and chairman of the committee, Dr. Tunji- Ojo explained that the purpose of the visit is predicated on the fact that Governor Wike is a principal stakeholder in the affairs of NDDC.





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