Benin Youths Assembly (BYA) has called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency inaugurate the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) whose members were cleared by the Senate since 2019.
The cleared members had former deputy governor of Edo State, Dr Pius Odubu as chairman and Bernard Okumagba as managing director.
In a communique issued at the end of its meeting in Benin City and signed by the coordinator general, Marxist Kola Edokpayi and secretary general, Barr Felix Isere, yesterday, the group also supported the position of High Chief Government Ekpemukpolo popularly called Tompolo which necessitated a compromise for the inauguration of the board later in the month of June as promised by the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
The statement reads in part, “We are pleased with the outcome of the meeting and the promise by the Hon. Minister to commence the process of inaugurating a substantive board by the end of June.
“However, our position is that the minister must, as a matter of importance, ensure that the already constituted board with Dr. Pius Odubu as chairman and Chief Bernard Okumagba as managing director, screened and confirmed by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is the board to be inaugurated.
“That we appreciate and commend the Hon. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godswill Akpabio for initiating the meeting with stakeholders from the region where they were given the opportunity to express themselves,” BYA said.