All is not well between the Federal Government and Governor’s of the nine oil producing states.
The states are Ondo, Abia, Imo, Rivers, Delta, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Edo, and Bayelsa states.
The bone of contention is the composition of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) .
The President had forwarded names of members of the board to the senate for confirmation.
This however did not go down well with the Governors, who claim they were not adequately consulted.
It was understood that at the last meeting the Governors had with Mr. President, “he had said that he has not submitted any letter to the National Assembly and he has also said he will consult with the governors before taking any action”.
Submission of the names irked the Governors who claim to be major stakeholders and their input must be sought and well implemented.
The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) youths, under the aegis of PDP South-South Youth Vanguard, have also condemned the composition of the board.
Another unhappy party is the South-South Youth Vanguard, who in a statement by its National Chairman, James Efe Akpofure, condemned the list submitted by the President, adding that the letter to the National Assembly was suspicious.
“We are not sure if the letter was signed by the President.”
In his letter to the National Assembly, President Buhari requested the Senate to consider and confirm the appointment of Dr. Pius Odubu (Edo State) as Chairman and Bernard O. Okumagba (Delta) as Managing Director.
Other members are Engr. Otobong Ndem (Akwa Ibom), Executive Director, Projects, Maxwell Oko (Bayelsa), Executive Director, Finance and Admin, Prophet Jones Erue (Delta), Chief Victor Ekhator (Edo), and Dr. Joy Yimebe Nunieh (Rivers). Members recommended also include Nwogu N. Nwogu (Abia), Victor Antai (Akwa Ibom) and Theodore A. Allison, Akwa Ibom