Edwin Clark asks Tinubu to remove Abia, Imo, Ondo from NDDC


Chief Edwin Clark, the Leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF)
has called on President Bola Tinubu to remove Abia, Imo, and Ondo states from
the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), through amendment of the 2000
Act establishing the commission.


This, he said was to remove Non-Niger Delta Oil Producing States
of Abia, Imo and Ondo from the nine states that make up the NDDC.


The nine states are Ondo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Imo,
Abia, Cross River and Akwa Ibom.


The elder state man made the call at a news conference held
in Abuja on Tuesday.


According to Clark, in the first instance, the inclusion of
the three states in the commission was a political aberration.


He said: “If NDDC is to succeed, the three states should be
severed from the act.


“NDDC should remain the six original Niger Delta Coastal
States. All other oil-producing states should establish a relationship with the
oil companies and Nigeria.


“This is particularly true now that oil has been found in
other parts of Nigeria including Anambra which is already producing 0.9%,
Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kogi, and Lagos States.


“They cannot therefore be part of NDDC.


“The NDDC Establishment Act 2000 signed by the then Senate
President Chuba Okadigbo outlined the functions of the nine states and who
should be the Executive Management.


“One should bear in mind that the addition of Ondo, Imo and
Abia was a political aberration.


 “For me to demand for
the removal of Non-Niger Delta Oil Producing States from NDDC is for NDDC to


“The success of the NDDC is the success of Nigeria.


“There was a reason why Imo, Abia and Ondo were brought into
NDDC. Geographically they are not niger delta; they are not coastal states. It
was a political aberration.


“The Federal Government should make arrangements to
accommodate them as it is in NDCC same principle to be used not to disorganised
the NDDC we want to succeed.”


He likened the NDDC to a liability company which also has
majority shareholders and minority shareholders.


“A situation where a minority shareholder in a limited
liability company would like to be a managing director of the company, it is
unreasonable, improper and chaotic.

“That is the main reason why I said no.


“It is not possible for a minority shareholder of even 5 per
cent to be the Chairman or Managing Director of the limited liability company.


“It will be unfair and inequitable for a state that produces
1.02 per cent to produce a managing director of the NDDC.


“I know Nigeria as we are, the tendency will be to develop
their own minority oil-producing state to develop their area at the expense of
the majority of oil-producing states which incidentally happen to sum up to
over 90 per cent of the oil.


“It is therefore, unreasonable, provocative and selfish for
Imo which produces only 1.02 per cent quantum of oil to demand removal of the
Chief Executives of NDDC Board that has been confirmed by the Senate.”


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