Nathan Tamarapreye, Yenagoa
The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) on Wednesday commended President Bola Tinubu for re-constituting the board of Niger Delta Development Commision (NDDC).
President Tinubu on Tuesday approved the appointment of a new Board and Management team for the NDDC.
Mr Kenedy Tonjo-West, National President of MOSIEND made the commendation while reacting to the development in an interview with newsmen in Yenagoa.
Tonjo-West expressed appreciation to the presidency for heeding to the appeal by Niger Delta stakeholders by retaining Dr Samuel Ogbuku as Managing Director.
He noted that retaining Ogbuku has shown that Tinubu is a listening leader and sensitive to the aspirations of the Niger Delta people.
“We are grateful to President Tinubu for the reconstitution of NDDC board and retaining Dr Samuel Ogbuku to lead the management team as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer.
“Mr President exercised great discretion in exempting NDDC from the dissolution of boards by retaining Ogbuku to keep running the NDDC until this revalidation.
“The stakeholders from the region applaud President Tinubu for this gesture which will ensure continuity in the development of the region.
“We congratulate Ogbuku and urge him to remain focused and leverage on his expertise as a development expert and justify the confidence reposed on him by the President,” Tonjo-West said.
The MOSIEND leader also observed that Tinubu choice of appointees for the NDDC was based on merit and hoped that the team will drive a credible development process.
He called on people of the Niger Delta region to rally support for the Ogbuku led NDDC and the Federal Government by maintaining the peace for development to thrive.
Tonjo-West advised those in the habit of frivolous attacks on leaders to have a rethink and channel their energies to positive causes that will bring development to the Niger Delta.
He noted that Ogbuku’s leadership is already repositioning NDDC as people of the region have rekindled hope that the commission will meet the developmental needs of the people.