In the wake of events, a Civil Society group identified as Centre for Peace, Transparency and Accountability, CPTA on Thursday commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of Mr Bernard Okumagba as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), while stating that it is a clear indication that the President really wants to reposition the Commission to actualise the purpose it was created.
CPTA in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Ogheneyero Patrick and made available to newsmen in Abuja, noted that it was optimistic that Mr Okumagbe and other appointees of the Board bear in them the right attitude and experience to deliver on the task.
Mr. Ogheneyero explained that it was imperative for the organisation which had in the past criticised the activities of the NDDC under previous management to also commend when a person of proven integrity is appointed to man the Commission.
“It is our core as a Civil Society Organisation to hold public office holders and institutions responsible and this role we have never deterred from. We criticise when people with stained credentials get appointed. In the same vein, we should commend when people with proven integrity are given the opportunity to contribute to the development of the nation.
“Mr President, be assured that you have made the right choice in selection of the Board particularly Okumagbe who we as Civil Society Organisation have watched closely over the time and can vouch for.
“Mr Bernard Okumagba is an astute banker and administrator who have proven his worth overtime. He is a true Nigeria who believes in the unity, peace and progress of the nation. We are therefore not surprise that you Mr President found him competent and capable to steer the ship of NDDC that has long been longing for a prudent and visionary leadership”, he added.
It would be recalled that the President recently through a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olusegun Adekunle, on behalf of the SGF, approving the appointment of 16 member board with Dr. Pius Odubu from Edo State as the chairman and Mr. Bernard Okumagba from Delta State, as the Managing Director.
Among the board members are Otobong Ndem from Akwa Ibom, who would serve as the Executive Director, Projects.
Others are Maxwell Okoh from Bayelsa State;, Jones Erue from Delta State; Victor Ekhatar from Edo State; Joy Nunieh from Rivers State; Nwogu Nwogu from Abia State; Theodore Allison from Bayelsa State; Victor Antai from Akwa Ibom State; Maurice Effiwatt from Cross River State; Olugbenga Elema from Ondo State; Uchegbu Kyrian from Imo State; and Aisha Muhammed from Kano State representing North-West area on the board.