"UNTIL BREACH OF TRUST IS PUNISHED AT NDDC
STATEMENT: "UNTIL BREACH OF TRUST IS PUNISHED AT NDDC, LIVELIHOOD OF PEOPLES OF THE NIGER DELTA COMMUNITIES WILL CONTINUE TO NOSE-
The IHRHL welcomes Mr. President’s recognition of the earlier fundamental error of judgment, in lining up unprofessional, incompetent, patronage-
IHRHL urges Mr. President not to end the exercise by simple dissolution, but by ensuring that unlawful, unprofessional and unethical behaviours of those dismissed are duly investigated and necessary punishment meted out to them, in other to lay strong precedent for those who would eventually make the new board. The NDDC environment requires a painstaking surgical operation to enable it begin to live its dream for the region. Mr. President, therefore, is advised not to be in a hurry to establish a new board.
IHRHL urges Mr. President to note most seriously that the dissolved board went the way it went, because the infractions of earlier Board of Management which creatively strayed from the intent, vision of the founding of the NDDC, went scot-
IHRHL further urges Mr. President to note very strongly that the NDDC has remained a patronage agency that was framed to fail. NDDC thus far has benefited individual oversight committee members at the Legistures, advisory bodies, individual power elites, bureaucrats across Nigeria, but continue to deliver tails of woes to the very communities and peoples it was set up to relief and place at the next level. Evidence abound in and outside the region on individual power elite illicit benefits at the expense of the peoples livelihood.
In establishing a new Board for the NDDC, Mr. President must assure that professional men and women of courage, willing to make sacrifices, ready to heed the warnings of our history are expertly interviewed, if our best days cannot once again be buried in our past, but spread out before us. The era where governors that lack traces of transparency and accountability, are given free hand to draft their house-
Finally, IHRHL calls on Mr. President never to short-
It is important for the first time, that Civil Society group is represented as of right on the new Board of the NDDC, if for no other reason, to maintain a performance monitoring role on behalf of the peoples of the region. It is noteworthy that critical Civil Society groups in the region played a pivotal advocacy role in the emergence of the NDDC, especially so, in the introduction of Governance as subject-
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