By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Oro Progressive Movement, a socio-political group in Oro Nation, Akwa Ibom State has given recipes to guarantee the Niger Delta Development Commission a breathing space, and arrest hostilities in the Region.
In a statement made available to New Nigerian in Uyo on Friday, the National President of the group, Mr. Edet Effiong Bassey among other officers, expressed concerns over the problems militating against the area touching on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Suggesting to ways to ensure positive development, the Oro group opined that all verified ongoing NDDC projects within the region of Niger Delta should be strictly monitored and consultants or contractors be empowered to move to their respective sites forthwith.
In the same way, youth in respective communities in the region should be duly integrated into the various programmes and projects as it will be one the best strategies in curbing illegal distortion of projects and unlawful chasing away of contractors.
They also called on fellow brothers in the region to desist from unguarded attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio as well as the interim administrator of NDDC.
According to the Oro Progressive Movement, the appointment of Barr. Effiong Akwa as the Interim Administrator of the Commission is lawful based on the judgement of an Abuja Federal High Court which specified who should take over the administration of NDDC after Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei led Committee was restrained.
They said that recent appointment of Barr. Akwa, an indigene of Oro Nation as the interim administrator of the NDDC is way of addressing the imbalances in the managerial appointments into Board of the Commission which they noted that Oro Nation was marginalised.
Oro according to the group, accounts for not less than 80 per cent of the derivable oil revenue of Akwa Ibom State, making it a major oil producing state in the Niger Delta region with eight oil producing companies operating Offshore on its territory namely; Monipulo, Addax, ExxonMobil, TotalFinaElf, Afren and three other Onshore oil servicing companies