From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for sacking the Interim Administrator, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Efiong Akwa.
The IYC said it was particularly elated that the President ended the era of interim administrations of NDDC, which had crippled the commission and denied all member states equal participation in the activities of the interventionist agency as envisioned by the Act establishing it.
President of IYC, Peter Igbifa, in a statement on Thursday, said Buhari’s order that the board of the NDDC should be immediately reconstituted in line with the Act was long overdue.
While acknowledging that it was better late than never, Igbifa recalled that the IYC led by him had through various actions bemoaned the draconian leadership style introduced in NDDC by the Buhari’s administration and called for a substantive board.
He said those hanging around Buhari should urgently swing into action to carry out his marching order on the reconstitution of the commission’s board.
He said: “Though we are happy that President Muhammadu Buhari has finally ended the notorious era of interim administrations in the NDDC, we believe it is long overdue. But, it is better late than never.
“We recall our various protests against the managerial style that had crippled the commission and deprived member states of equal representation. But, now that the President has given a marching order, we only hope that those saddled with the responsibility of implementing it will act fast to save the image of the President.
“We have noticed in the past how the President’s orders were disregarded by his aides, who were more concerned about protecting their personal interests than the national interests with total disregard to the image of their principal.”