- Call for his Immediate Sack as NDDC MD
Ijaw people of the Niger Delta Region under the aegis of Bayelsa Patriotic Watch have vowed to resist attempts the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission,NDDC, to use his office to pursue his political ambition rather than the course of the region.
In a treatise titled, “Nsima Ekere Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” they called on the Presidency to wade in and call Mr Nsima Ekere, to order to avert a possible upheaval again in the region.
They said it will be better for Nsima Ekere to tender his resignation to allow him concentrate on his Akwa Ibom governorship aspiration or risk the wrath of the Ijaw people who are yearning for genuine development in line with the core mandate of the commission.
While lamenting the spate of abandoned projects in Bayelsa, the various levels of uncompleted projects spread across the state by the Nsima Ekere led NDDC.
Listing the abandoned project to include; Eminama water projects, Opu Neme Sand Field Road Project in Neme Local Government; Olopoma internal road project, water projects in Kongo, Egwema Water project, Odioma water projects in brass local Government Areas as abandoned.
They are also worried that other projects such as the water project in Okutukutu Epie, Akenfa Bridge in Yenegoa Local Government; Otuendu Community water in Ogbia Local government are also abandoned.
They frowned at the alleged deceit Ekere has played on them with the Biseni water project that has been declared completed and delivered to the people and which is in no way functional and the community is yet to benefit from such project.
The Patriots also accused Nsima Ekere of fraudulent contract awards, which sidelines indigenous contractors who are deserving, but such contracts are only reserved for his political cronies.
They further stated that the high handedness of Mr Nsima Ekere, describing his “authoritarian and insatiable appetite for power,” as a major factor that is tearing the NDDC apart.
“Employments and appointments made by Mr. Nsima Ekere and his cohorts are not only lopsided but qualified Bayelsans are also not considered. The same is true in the ward of contracts.”
The group also noted that Ekere is using the money from his commission to fund a team of supporters to oppose the Akwa Ibom government as a means to further his ambition to become governor in 2019.
The group calls for his immediate resignation as the MD of the NDDC.
“Bayelsa Patriotic Watch hereby call on Mr. Nsima Ekere to resign forthwith as MD of NDDC so that he can concentrate on his gubernatorial ambition in Akwa Ibom State. This will enable a less ambitious replacement to focus on the development of Bayelsa State and the Niger Delta Region.”
“It is also good that we call on the Presidency, under whose oversight is the NDDC to wade in and call Mr. Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director of NDDC to order to avert possible upheaval again in the region.”- the treatise reads in part.
It will be recalled that last month the Bayelsa state internal revenue service had sealed off the NDDC office in Bayelsa Over non remittance of taxes collected from staff to the state.
The release signed by Hon Empire Otuzi, the President, Chief Tari Obolo, Secretary and Comrade Davidson Golden