By Ejikeme Alozie-Nwagboso
I read with excitement, and discontent as an indigene of Abia state, Ukwa west to be precise on the news that President Buhari has submitted the nominees of the Niger Delta Development Commission Board to the National Assembly for confirmation.
I am happy because as stipulated by law, the President has fulfilled his part of the bargain. Also, that the Board may start working as an intervention body that the NDDC is. We thank the President for fulfilling this lawful obligation.
The discontent arises from the unlawful nominee for the Abia state slot on the Board – Mr. Donatus Enyinnaya who hails from Osisioma in Abia state. I believe the President nominated Mr. Enyinnaya in error. The Act establishing the NDDC doesn’t recognize a non-indigene of an Oil producing area to be the occupant of a member state’s slot on the Board. For clarity sake – The NDDC Act 2000 Part 1; Section 2(1)(b) says in clear terms that “One person who shall be an indigene of an Oil producing area to represent each of the member states. For Abia, that slot must be occupied by an Ukwa West indigene. It is the law. It is known till this day that Ukwa west is the only Oil producing area in Abia state. No other area produces oil in Abia state. Osisioma Ngwa is not an Oil producing area. Atleast, not as at today
Mr. President, your nomination is unlawful, and you should, as a matter of legality, reverse this nomination of Mr. Donatus Enyinnaya and nominate an Ukwa west LGA indigine. I speak because this is a matter affecting my people. As an idigene of Ukwa west, i must speak out & also defend the law. We have many qualified people in Ukwa west who can occupy this position. It would be right that the lawful thing is done about this nomination, and very fast too.
Mr. President, please do the needful. I believe you will correct this error.
Ejikeme Alozie-Nwagboso is from Ukwa West, Abia & works as an Accountant in NYC,USA.