Traditional rulers under the aegis of Traditional Rulers of Oil Producing Communities in Nigeria (TROMPCON) have called on oil companies to remit their three percent contributions to Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) or leave the region.
Its Secretary, Oba Dr. Obafemi Ogbaro, the Odoka of Ogbaro kingdom made the call on behalf of the group in a released statement.
Ogbaro said, people of Niger Delta region need to cooperate with Minister of the Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio and newly inaugurated Interim Management Committee (IMC) headed by the Acting Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei in delivering the mandate of the commission to people of the region.
He urged the commission’s directors to cooperate and work with the IMC committee to deliver on its mandate.
Ogbaro pointed out that the cooperation was necessary irrespective of their political, religious, ethnic and social leanings.
“We are not unaware of the activities of many of the redeployed directors of the commission and others inciting their paid lackeys to publish falsehoods about the minister and the new Interim Management Committee. We are particularly miffed about the sponsored spate of blackmail, backbiting and persistent bad press and attacks on the personality of the minister and by extension the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.”
He added, “This is not only counterproductive, it also portends an ill omen as it imposes on our people as the proverbial grass that always suffer where two elephants clash.”
The secretary advised all parties to sheathe their swords of accusations and counter accusations of fraud, pending the outcome of the audit report ordered by President Buhari to determine among others the past financial details of the commission and to investigate fraud and other sharp practices.
Ogbaro said, “We feel encouraged by speedy payment of allowances to our sons and daughters studying in the diaspora after years of neglect; the ongoing verification of contractor claims; and expeditious commitment to move the commission to its befitting and permanent headquarters, all in the space of the short time since the inauguration of the IMC. We thank the commission for its support to ameliorate the sufferings of our people as a result of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, through the state governments.”