The chances of Ondo State to produce the next Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) received a boost at the weekend when the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) lent its voice in support of the state.
The Executive Director of the CLO, Comrade Ibuchukwu Ezike, who made this known in a statement in Lagos, said that anything on the contrary would amount to extension of the old practice.
Ezike explained that justice, equity and respect for existing rules and regulations were some of the pillars of good governance that must be genuinely observed when decisions were to be taken.
He continued, “If Section 12 of the NDDC act 2000 says the executive positions in the commission should rotate among the nine member states, starting with the state with highest quantum of oil production, and States like Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom have produced the Managing Director of the commission, one after the other, naturally, Ondo State that as the fifth in the order of production, should be allowed to produce the MD without contention.
“This will arguably restore justice and sanity, promote harmonious working relationship among the top management members of the commission, and give other states with lesser quantum of oil production the needed hope that their own turn would soon come’’.
He applauded the Edo State Stakeholders for joining their Ondo State counterparts in decrying lack of justice and equity in the appointments into the executive positions in the commission so far.
The CLO boss also averred that unless those under marginalistion of whatever colourations muster the necessary courage to protest and cry out, such injustice is soon perceived as acceptable norm.
The four states of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom, have held on to the three executive positions in the commission since the inception of the NDDC.
Section 12 of the NDDC Act says, “There shall be for the Commission a Managing Director, and two Executive Directors, who shall be indigenes of oil producing areas, starting with the member states of the Commission with the highest production quantum of oil, and shall rotate amongst member states in the order of production.”
Ilaje Constituency1 (Ugbo) is the only oil producing area in Ondo State.
It would be recalled that various stakeholders in Ondo State, including traditional rulers of the oil producing areas, had earlier appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the state for the position of the Managing Director of the interventionist agency.