A non governmental organisation, Vanguard For Transparent Leadership And Democracy, VATLAD has called on the attorney general of the federation, AGF, Mallam Abubakar Mallami to immediately alow the inauguration of the Substantive Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission , NDDC in line with the Orders of a Federal High Court.
Justice Isa Dashen of the Federal High Court, sitting in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State recently ordered the
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to immediately allow the inauguration of the board which was put on hold since 2019 after confirmation by the Senate following an official request by President Mohammadu Buhari.
The National President of VATLAD, Comrade Igbini Odafe Emmanuel in a statement, reminds the AGF that the Nigerian Senate has on many occasions directed that the Board be immediately inaugurated to serve the people of the Niger Delta Region.
Comrade Igbini warns all stakeholders that they must be mindful of being misled to violate the clear position of the NDDC Act which stipulates that only the Nigerian Senate screened and confirmed Board is to manage and administer the NDDC.
VATLAD also advocates that it will be more effective and successful to use the NDDC to address the increasing cases of Oil Theft in the Niger Delta Region than the deployment of our Armed Forces and Security Agencies.