Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio shocked the world on Tuesday when he declared that governors of the nine Niger Delta states that control the NDDC should avoid the concept of caretaker committees in their local governments.
However, the same Akpabio has been promoting the appointment of caretaker leaderships in the NDDC which he superintends over, a demonstration of hypocrisy in leadership.
At the moment, there is hardly any state in the region where caretaker governments are still in place. In fact, in Rivers State, local government elections have been scheduled for next month.
Bayelsa State had their local government election about two years ago, just as Cross River which also had elected officials sometime in 2019. Akwa Ibom had their local government election last year.
But in the NDDC, there have been many caretaker leaders taking charge of the commission, despite the outcry by stakeholders in favour of the inauguration of a board for the commission, which had already been screened and cleared.
Just as the region was lamenting over the continued appointment of caretaker administrators for the commission, Akpabio recommended and got approval for the appointment of a sole administrator for the NDDC, but was comfortable to recommend an era of elected local government chairmen to the various states, when he is doing the direct opposite in the NDDC.