NDDC Not A Platform For Political Ambition –Chief Ndueso
Former Minister for Land, Housing and Urban Development, Chief Ndueso Essien, has warned management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to abstain from taking advantage of commission to vie for political posts after office.
He gave the warning while granting an interview to Inspiration Fm in Uyo over the weekend, saying: “It is unfortunate that some of the people appointed to head the commission are usually politically minded persons who may have shown interest in running an office before or have had interest in running. Quite often, we end up having such people to be in the commission.”
Chief Ndueso also disclosed that the NDDC, under the leadership of Obong Nsima Ekere, has not sufficiently justified its mandate, that the commission has not been able to perform to expectation due to several constraints.
He gave reasons for the poor performance of the commission to include inadequate funding. “Federal Government has not been giving its own share of the funding to the commission. Secondly, the federal government also has the tendency of sending contractors/requests to the NDDC and making the commission to be more responsible to some chieftains in the federal government. So the earlier we allow the commission to concentrate, the better.
“Another thing that contributes to NDDC’s ill performance is the element of corruption that has eaten deep into the commission, and that has to be purged.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain spoke on what informed his attendance at the thanksgiving service organised by the Managing Director of the NDDC, Nsima Ekere, in Ikot Abasi recently, saying that the thanksgiving service was not a political gathering. “The family decided to thank God for the benefits that they have gotten, and so they invited many of us as friends of the family. I am a very longer standing friend of the family, so I had to attend on that grounds.
“A lot of people think that it is not proper for a PDP member to dine with other party members. We in Akwa Ibom State should not regard everything as political. We should not attach politics to everything, events, comments or action by any individual. It is not helping matters.
“The NDDC, which Nsima Ekere presides over, is a commission that is catering not only for APC or PDP people but for the nine states of the Niger Delta region. It is not for any particular party for us to think that when a chieftain of one party is there, then all other people should stay away.
“We should allow the MD of the commission to do the best he can for the development of the Niger Delta and Akwa Ibom in particular because we have been very unlucky in the NDDC since its establishment. The people that have been sending there had always been running from one problem or the other so that as a result, Akwa Ibom State should not benefit maximally from the commission.”
The former member of the House of Representatives charged Akwa Ibom people to allow the Nsima Ekere-NDDC and Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emanuel, to govern to the best of their ability. “Leave politics aside for now. This is time for governance. When time for politics comes, then we can engage them politically.”