By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin
Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) has thrown its weight behind the recent composition of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC).
It has thus commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of Chief Bernard Okumagba and Dr Pius Odubu, as Managing Director and Chairman of the Commission respectively, saying they have the wherewithal to revolutionise the operations of the interventionist agency to meet with the core mandate of its establishment.
The RNDA led by ‘Major General’ Johnmark Ezon-Ebi described the duo as men of integrity with a proven track record of service to their fatherland where they served previously noting that their competencies was not in doubt.
However, RNDA warned that it will resist any person or groups of persons making moves to stop the incoming new Management Board of the Commission led by Chief Bernard Okumagba and Dr Pius Odubu from being sworn in as it was obvious that the Board has been put on reverse gear with the Interim Management Committee which the Senate has turned down from defending the Commission’s 2020 proposed budget estimates thereby raising fears that the Commission may not have a budget for it’s operations next year and it will be a set back to the people of Niger Delta region.
RNDA stressed that it will resist such moves from any quarters with all his arsenals in the creek and will not allow such to happen under its watch.
“It is most worrisome that the new Board has not been sworn in hence cannot defend the 2020 NDDC budget before the National Assembly.
“RNDA notes that the Senate had taken the right decision that only those screened and confirmed will be allowed as they are authorized by law according to the Act establishing the Commission.”
The RNDA said the power play and political intrigues over the NDDC particularly as regards the new Board being sworn in was having negative toll on the Commission’s operation and the stalemate would soon cripple the interventionist agency.
It said it has identified some persons who are bent on ensuring that the new NDDC Board does not see the light of day and vowed to “deal decisively with them not minding the negative impact their action will have in the creek of the region because those who are behind this move are definite enemies to the development of Niger Delta and are enemies to President Muhammadu Buhari’s good intention towards the region.”