By Jon Egie

 

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The Nigeria Female President Initiative (NFPI), a pro-democracy group, has countered the position of South-South governors on the federal government nominees for appointment into various positions in the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

A terse statement issued by the Coordinator of the group, Mr Felix Akpoyibo questioned the rationale behind the governors’ desire to resist the presidential nominations for appointment into the Board of the NDDC.

He described the move of the governors as unwholesome, selfish and opposed to the well-being of the people of the Niger Delta region where the governors, over the years, have strangulated the NDDC from carrying out its mandate to the people of the region.

The group pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari has the constitutional right to nominate board members to any federal agency such as the NDDC with or without considering the inputs of the governors.

He saluted the courage of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta state in refusing to identify with other governors of the region that are opposed to the nominations made by President Buhari and charged the vexing governors to emulate the wisdom of the Delta state governor.

“NDDC is not a local government council where governors divert funds for their personal interests. President Buhari’s choice of the nominees was done in good faith for the interest and development of the ordinary people of the region.

“Gone are the days of the PDP when South-South governors dictated who becomes what in NDDC and expect return on investment from their choice nominees just as they dictate who become Commissioners, SAs, Chairmen of state boards, their Gardeners and their Cooks.

He urged the presidency not to budge to the pressure of the governors over the NDDC nominees and encouraged the National Assembly to go ahead in screening and clearing the various nominees without fear or favour.