A group, from the Ondo State oil producing communities, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an indigene from the State as the Managing Director of the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The group, which said that the area comprised 213 communities, argued that it was their turn to produce the captain of the commission on the basis of justice, equity and fairness.
Its Chairman, Mr. Charles Ebimomi, noted that the law that established the commission stipulated that the office should be rotated among the states that constituted the agency.
Ebimomin – alongside the Secretary, Odunsola Omopariola, said that, in spite of their contributions to oil production in Nigeria and the statutory provision as contained in the NDDC Act, the community had been neglected over the years.
He said that the community was ranked as the fifth oil producing community and had been deprived of its statutory rights since the inception of the NDDC.
The duo noted that other four states before Ondo, have each produced the MD and at least one Executive Director of the Commission for a number of years.
They maintained that they voted massively for Buhari in the last elections, because the people believed they would get justice that they never got for 16 years in NDDC under the PDP administration.
“The South-South states are ganging up against Ondo State being the only Yoruba state that is producing oil. If the president look critically on what is going on in the NDDC now, he would know that the state has been heavily marginalised because of this.
“We appeal to the sense of judgement of Mr. President to allow Ondo state have the position this time around, because if the other five states cannot get justice under our amiable President Buhari, this will be most unfortunate, indeed.
“The peace in the Niger Delta region should be sustained by the Federal Government on the basis of justice, equity and fairness in NDDC.
“The agitation for tenure completion should be ignored as it will create more problems, because it simply means returning the old board in its entirety”, they said.