*Says it’s Delta turn to produce NDDC Chairman
By Cletus Opukeme, Warri
All Progressives Congress (APC) bigwig and APC House of Reps candidate for the Burutu Federal Constituency in the last general elections, Hon. Karona Etonye has lauded the Federal Govt. for the bold step to reposition the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to develop the oil rich but poverty stricken Niger Delta region.
Etonye disclosed this while fielding questions from Daily Watch on phone yesterday. He cautioned that people should not play politics with the NDDC audit and therefore should not distract the good intention of the Federal Government to reposition the NDDC to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the region.
In his words ‘‘I support the Federal Government on the forensic audit of the NDDC as well as the Interim Committee to manage the commission while the auditing Commences. It is a welcome and laudable step to reposition the NDDC for the overall interest of the Niger Delta people.
”That I support the Interim Committee for the period the auditing lasts. NDDC needs thorough cleansing and all Niger Deltans should support this singular move to reposition the commission. The right thing must be done and now, he stressed.
According to Etonye, ”The cry of people opposed to the Interim Committee that it is illegal is laughable. It is the constituted board that is illegal in the first place because the composition is against the letters of the NDDC act. The enabling law is very clear on the appointment of the Chairman and other positions. By the letters of the act, it is the turn of Delta State to produce the Chairman and not Edo State. It is not the turn of Delta to produce the Managing Director. It is either Bayelsa State or Ondo State’s turn to produce the MD/CEO depending on the side of argument.’’
He applauded the doggedness of the Niger Delta Minister, Sen. Godswill Akpabio to reposition the NDDC and called on all well meaning Niger Deltans to support him because the failed contractors are fighting back to thwart the proposed forensic audit, he added.