The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has kicked against the appointment of another interim administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) describing the move as unfortunate and unacceptable.
The National Publicity Secretary of the forum, Ken Robinson revealed PANDEF position in a statement issued on Monday, arguing that the NDDC Act did not provide for an IMC or interim administrator.
He lamented that the Federal Government has changed Interim Management Committee (IMC) twice and now an interim administrator in less than two years, saying the NDDC, which was established to facilitate development of the region had been reduced to a political coliseum.
Similarly, the former President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mittee, said it was illegal for President Muhammadu Buhari to keep appointing IMC and sole administrator for NDDC, stressing that the law establishing the commission prescribed a substantive board and management team.
“What does the President’s continued appointment of an interim committee and now interim sole administrator tell about his accountability and transparency and anti-corruption fight,” he asked.
Mitee said the action showed that the NDDC would continue to remain a conduit pipe for the current administration, adding that the people expected Buhari’s government, which came to power through its campaign for accountability and anti-corruption should to have done the right thing by setting up a board for the commission.