South South Youths Initiative SSYI, has appealed to stakeholders and groups in the Niger Delta region to allow the new board and management team of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, work without interference.
The group also urged the stakeholders to eschew any action that will hinder the newly constituted board and the management team from running a full term of four years, it said was provided for in the NDDC Act 2000.
SSYI National President, Imeabe Saviour Oscar, stated this while commending President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for appointing a new board and retaining Dr. Samuel Ogbuku as the Commission’s Managing Director.
Oscar said, “The South South Youths Initiative, SSYI, wishes to express our deepest appreciation to President Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the appointment of the Members of the Board of Directors of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
“We are most thankful to him for retaining Chief (Dr.) Samuel Ogbuku as the substantive Managing Director of the Commission. This decision will surely rebuild the trust the people of Niger Delta have that Mr. President is interested in the development of our oil rich region. We congratulate Chief (Dr) Samuel Ogbuku on this appointment and pray for God’s guidance and grace to pilot the affairs of the commission.
“These appointments have duly sparked a round of celebration in all parts of the region. The appointments are indeed laudable and appropriate. We are very optimistic and confident that Dr. Samuel Ogbuku will not disappoint Mr. President, as he will rebuild the trust our people have earlier lost in the NDDC.”
He described the NDDC MD as, “a man of character, who has ensured that the right things that would drive the achievements of the mandates of NDDC are done at ease. We are pleased that he is to man the commission at the time in history.
“Dr Ogbuku is reliable and a trailblazer, who has will and proven courage to meet the needs of all sections of the nine states of the region without favouritism. This appointment will silence all forms of agitations and stabilize the people in the region.”
The SSYI leader then called on, “stakeholders, groups and individuals in Abuja and the nine states of Niger Delta to allow the team work without interference. They should shun all acts that will deter the newly constituted Board and the Management Team to run a full term of 4 years as provided for in the NDDC Act 2000.
“While we await the screening and confirmation of the appointees by the Senate, we promise that the youths of Niger Delta will work closely with the NDDC Management lead by Dr. Ogbuku to bring the dreams of the people of the Niger Delta to reality.”