A group, Niger Delta Non-violence and Peace Volunteers (NDNPV), has called on stakeholders in Niger Delta area to support Ondo State in its quest to produce the next chief executive of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The group, in a statement by its leader, Tonye Alalibo, in Lagos on Monday also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stand by the law and dissolve the current governing board of NDDC.
Alalibo said that the board had completed its term on Dec. 8, 2017.
He said that Delta State “is also eagerly waiting to take the chairmanship position”, in line with the NDDC Act, 2000.
Alalibo, however, said that the NDDC Act was fully in support of Ondo State in the ranking of oil producing states.
He said that Ondo State was next to Bayelsa in terms of quantum of oil production, but had remained peaceful.
Alalibo said that conceding the office of the managing director to Ondo State now would be the surest way to promote equity, justice and fairness among the oil producing states.
“We feel strongly that Ondo State should be supported to produce the next managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission because it is the fifth oil producing State in the Niger Delta.
“One expects the leaders of thought and all stakeholders in the Niger Delta region to be loudly clamouring for Ondo State to rise up and take its lawful slot by now.
“The fact that it is a Yoruba speaking state, as some have argued, should not deny it of what lawfully belongs to it,’’ he said.
Alalibo said that by reason of its oil producing status, Ondo State should ordinarily produce the next NDDC chief executive job without controversy in agreement with Section 12(1) of the NDDC Act 2000.
“The Act states that the nine oil producing states that make up the commission shall rotate the position of the managing director, starting with the state that has highest quantum of oil production,’’ he said.
He warned that the optimism of other states like Abia, Edo and Imo would be permanently dashed if any of the “Big Four State” would again allowed to produce the chief executive of the commission.