Corruption: ‘Withhold NDDC’s budget for 2021’ – Group urges Buhari, NASS

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[From Chris Eze, Yenagoa]

Apparently worried by the endemic corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta, (MOSIEND), Tuesday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to withhold the commission’s budget for 2021.

Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs

President of MOSIEND, Mr Kennedy Tonjo-West, who made the call during the official inauguration of the national executive council of the group in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, contended that from the 2019 Budget, it is difficult to point at any project in any community in the Niger Delta where the fund was expended.

While calling on President Buhari to urgently constitute a substantive Board for the Commission, the MOSIEND leader said this has become necessary so that Niger Delta people can engage the NDDC, know how much is apportioned to the various communities and hence hold the commission responsible whenever the need arises.

According to him, the leadership of MOSIEND would engage the Federal Government in many areas, especially on extant laws that do not serve the interest of the Ijaw ethnic nationality and the entire people of the Niger Delta.

Tonjo-West who kicked against the Water Resources Bill stressed that the Ijaw Nation is totally against the bill as it is targeted at impoverishing them.

He pointed out that the Ijaws are no longer satisfied with the structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, calling on the international community and the Nigerian State to take note of the demand for referendum by the Ijaws.

The MOSIEND National President said the referendum is necessary to know the direction of the Niger Delta people, insisting that if the country is to remain as one entity, there is need for a fresh constitution which would give one hundred percent resource ownership to Niger Deltans, as well as justice and fairness to all.

He maintained that the Ijaw nation is no longer comfortable with the 13 percent derivation to oil producing communities, even as he called on governors of the Niger Delta region and other critical stakeholders to open their doors for engagement with MOSIEND.

Kennedy-West, who was the Senior Special Assistant on Niger Delta Youths to the immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, also frowned at the recent increase in fuel price. He made it clear that MOSIEND would engage the ethnic nationalities within the Niger Delta region to begin the process of liberating the region.

Members of the National Executive council of MOSIEND inaugurated include; Kennedy Tonjo West – President, Thompson Robert Fuoye – Vice President, Amb. Cotterel Amain – Secretary, Charles Omusuku – Spokesman, Chief Henry Nabena – Treasurer.

Others are Prince Amaibi Hornby – Financial Secretary, Tonbra Kasikoro Klioprite – Woman Leader,  Alhaji Barasei Amaigo Brown – Mobilization Officer, Opukeme Obubor – Director of Operations,  Dimieari Pepple – Deputy National Organizing Secretary.

The rest are, David Dasembo – Assitant National Secretary, Kelvin Akuna – Ex officio,  Prince Oweibi – Ex officio and Chief Richman Yinbiri – National Director of Cultural Affairs.

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