Scrap Ministry Of Niger Delta Affairs - MOSIEND

Scrap Ministry Of Niger Delta Affairs – MOSIEND

The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) has called for the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to be abolished, claiming that its existence has had no positive impact on the region’s development.

Kennedy Tonjo West, President of MOSIEND, made the plea while appearing on a radio program broadcast in Port Harcourt, Rivers State’s capital.

Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has been accused by West of playing politics with the region’s development through his ministry.

He said: “We want the Ministry of Niger Delta to be scrapped. NDDC is a stakeholders’ driven institution. It is a democratic representation of the people of Niger Delta.

“Therefore, checks and balances and monitoring will be very effective. There is the need to scrap the Ministry of Niger Delta and leave NDDC to function optimally.

“We are advocating that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) should still be under the Presidency because in less than two years, we have suffered gross injustice in NDDC. The NDDC has more connect with us than the Niger Delta Ministry.”

The MOSIEND chairman also asked for a reconsideration of the National Assembly’s approval of a 3% host community fund for oil-producing areas in the Niger Delta.

According to West, 3% was insufficient to compensate host communities for the environmental deterioration caused by oil exploration activity in their region.

He added: “Right now, nothing is happening in the Niger Delta. I give you for instance, we just had the PIA. If you consider the PIA, you will find out that the Niger Delta people are still not comfortable with the 3% allocated to us.”

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