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NDDC failed, says Mark

ABUJA— Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, set up as an intervention commission by Federal Government to develop the oil-rich Niger Delta region has been described as a total failure by the Senate President, David Mark.

Mark made the scathing remark after the confirmation of a 13-member board for NDDC yesterday, just as he lamented that the commission was turned into personal gold mines by successive board members to the detriment of the people of the region.

He further lamented that NDDC has failed in its statutory responsibilities of carrying out infrastructural and social development of the region that has been subjected to harsh environmental degradation due to the oil exploration activities of oil companies.

Senate President, David Mark.

He also blamed the Senate Committee on Niger Delta for having a part in the failure of the commission, noting that the committee failed in its oversight responsibilities of NDDC.

He warned that the National Assembly will not hesitate to call for the sacking of the new board if it fails to bring infrastructural development to the region to better the lives of the Niger Delta people after six months from inauguration.

He said: “NDDC has been a failure up to this point in time and there is no point in mincing words at all. The individuals who have been put there have decided to make their own personal interest the priority of the commission. It is hoped that the new group would not do the same.

“If they do not perform in the next six months the same fate that befell their predecessors will also befall them. So, it is clear that nobody wants to allow money allocated to Niger Delta be taken away by individuals.”

On the oversight failure of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, he said: “The responsibility of oversight function of the commission is on NDDC committee of the Senate. If they supervise that commission properly, we would not have found ourselves in the position we find ourselves today.

“So, whilst we urge the members of the commission to make sure that they do their work properly, it is imperative that the committee that oversees the commission also does its job properly. The two have to work together to ensure that the dividend that we expect from the commission is delivered to the people.”

 

Board members

 

Mark’s comments came after the Senate confirmed Dr. Tarilah Tebepah as Chairman of the Board of commission.

The Senate also confirmed Senators Yabuku Lado and Tunde Ogbeha as members of the board to represent non-oil producing states.

Others confirmed are: Mr. Edward Orubo, Bayelsa member; Dr. Christain Obo, Managing Director, Rivers; Chief Solomon Ogba, member, Delta; Mr. L. Konboye, Executive Director Finance and Admin, Delta; Engr. Imaobong Johnson, member, Akwa Ibom and Engr. Edikan Eshett, Executive Director, projects, Akwa Ibom.

The confirmations also include, Dominic Aqua Edem, Cross River, member; Barrister Aloysius Nwagboso, Abia, member; Mr. Omogbemi Oladeje member, Rima Shawulu Kwewum, north-east to represent non-oil mineral producing states, and Mr. Joe Jakpa representing oil producing companies on the board.

The Senate however rejected the nominations of Barrister Peter Ezeobi, Imo, and Osahon Imaru, Edo, as members of the board.

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