Frontline socio-cultural and political pressure group in Niger Delta, the Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta has warned the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio against backing out of Oporoza agreement as reached with Niger Delta stakeholders.
MOSIEND in a statement issued by the National Secretary, Amb. Amain Winston Contrell and made available to Orientdaily, said dare consequences awaits the minister if he refuses to constitute the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Contrell said the stakeholders should be watchful of Akpabio’s antics having failed in his earlier plans to hold the commission to ransom by milking it dry.
He emphasized that MOSIEND would vehemently oppose any rubber stamp nominees coming from Sen. Akpabio, adding that rather members of the board should be nominated by the stakeholders from the different states the makes up the commission.
He maintained that for the region to experience tangible and monumemtal development persons nominated as members of the NDDC board must be transparent, credible and accountable to the people as this will enhance the developmental fabrics of the region.
He said: ” Stakeholders at the Oporoza agreement unanimously agreed that no body is shifting grounds on the seven days ultimatum given to Akpabio to constitute the NDDC board. MOSIEND, also stand on the Oporoza agreement.
” At the meeting Sen. Akpabio said he already has the supposedly list of board members with him, that means he is violating the procedure to constitute the board. We said the the minister is on a wild goose chase, Akpabio is currently trying to see how he can milk the region dry. How can Akpabio tell in public that he has a list of nominee in a small paper with him? That means it is not the stakeholders that are recommending the board members.That means it is a rubber stamp board he wants to give to us.
” So MOSIEND will reject any nominee from Akpabio, it is the responsibility of the Governors and ministers as stakeholders to recommend and not Akpabio. Akpabio does not have the right to go to a state and begin to nominate board members. And we are asking all the Niger Delta groups and the National Assembly to reject any list that emanate from Akpabio.
” The people must have their way, the stakeholders must have their way. Things are not happening because stakeholders are not having their way. Timi Alaibe and the crop of leadership in the commission then worked effectively because they emanated from stakeholders so they listened to the stakeholders. Anything nominating from the board members outside the stakeholders list should be vehemently rejected.
” We are calling on the stakeholders not to allow Sen. Akpabio’s list fly if we want to see tangible and palpable development, a transparent board that will be accountable. The only way we can salvage this region right now is to make sure that credible people, who have been tested and trusted, who have what it takes to push the developmental fabrics and set it in motion for us. Let us be vigilant with Akpabio’s antics, formerly he used to perform but now he is not performing.
” The Oporoza agreement we stand, we reject any list emanating from Sen.Akpabio and we are asking all the stakeholders to also reject the list. If any kind of person that falls in that board list that does not have the capacity to deliver will be resisted. The public will know that MOSIEND has resisted it, the legal institutios will know that we resist it, the security institution will know that we resist it both conventionally and unconventionally”.