President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to comply with the legislation and inaugurate the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) he constituted and confirmed by the Senate.
Reacting to the ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja to the impact that there was no order towards the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC, the Niger Delta Renaissance Coalition mentioned the federal authorities acted on a non-existing order in the appointment of Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa as sole administrator.
Comrade Damian Nwikinaka, National Chairman of the group, mentioned it was shameful that two “illegal heads” are laying declare to the headship of the company.
“It underscores the tardiness of the Buhari administration in its disregard for the law. The latest embarrassment is from the ruling of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which said in plain terms that the Federal Government lied in stating that it (the court) gave a restraining order against the Interim Management Committee imposed on the NDDC, on which basis Chief (Godswill) Akpabio caused one of his former aides, Mr Effiong Okon Akwa, to take over as sole administrator,” the group mentioned.
The Niger Delta Renaissance Coalition mentioned at the time Mr. Akwa was appointed in December 2020, “we had pointed out the absurdity in replacing an illegal appointment with an equally illegal appointment. Both the IMC and the sole administrator are illegal appointments as they are unknown to the NDDC Act of 2000 as amended, which prescribes that the NDDC shall be managed by a Governing Board with membership from the 9 constituent states.”
The group recalled that the discover asserting Mr. Akwa as sole administrator, made by the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, claimed that: “The development became necessary as a result of a plethora of litigation and a restraining order issued recently against the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC by a Federal High Court in Abuja.”
It mentioned that with the latest court docket’s clarification that it by no means gave an order towards the IMC, it is obvious there’s a “fraudulent manipulation” to take management of the NDDC.
it urged President Buhari to put a cease to this “charade by inaugurating the Governing Board of the Commission as provided for in the NDDC Act,” including: “The unfortunate and unwholesome development where both an illegal IMC and an illegal sole administrator will now be laying claim to the headship of the NDDC is sickening and must not be permitted any further.”
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