By Emma Amaize
Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to stick to the rotational arrangement of appointments in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, maintaining that it was the turn of Bayelsa and Delta states to produce the Managing Director and Chairman of the Commission respectively.
The group, in a statement by the national president, Austin Ozobo, said: “Apparently, it is the turn of Bayelsa and Delta states to be appointed as Managing Director and Chairman of the Commission and the rotational arrangement should be adhered to in the interest of peace and equity in the region.
“Our attention has been drawn to an orchestrated attempt to reappoint and extend the tenures of the current NDDC chairman, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba and Managing Director, Nsima Ekere, by President Muhammadu Buhari which is not in consonance with the law establishing the Commission.
“The law prescribes a four-year tenure each for the office of the Managing Director and the Chairman among members of oil producing Niger Delta states. The law does not permit a second term, or anything beyond four years and this is an evil orchestrated by enemies of Niger Delta to put the region at cross-purposes,” the group asserted.