Following recent clarification made by the presidency regarding the tenure of the current board of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC), Zonal Organizing Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) South-South zone, Mr. Paul Obi has said the clarification was a sweet relief to the initial fear that the “performing board” may be dissolved over “flimsy political antics”.

Mr. Obi in a statement said: “it would have been an unfortunate incident that this performing board and management led by men of high managerial and development conscious mindset would be hurried out of office for mere and flimsy political antics foisted by some agents of retrogression.”

He said it was morally and legally wrong to ask a newly constituted board of competent men to complete the tenure of another that had integrity issues to answer and which led to the President exercising his discretion in dissolving them.

The APC chieftain said he was particularly impressed with the clarification made by the Presidency on the matter.                      

He added that Senator Emmanuel Paulker may have been right to raise the question about their tenure but that good conscience dictates that the aggressive intervention effort of the current board should have buried such sentiment.                

Obi recalled that the Victor Ndoma-Egba led board has achieved great strides in its mandate within a short time and therefore need to be supported rather than dislodged.                 

“So many terrible roads including the hitherto near impassable Calabar-Itu road, the Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja highway among others are now smooth courtesy of the effort of the current board”, Obi maintained.   

 

MICHAEL JEGEDE

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