Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is owned by all the states in the region and no particular ethnic group can assert itself as the dominant owner of the commission, as has been observed recently.
He said this when he hosted the NDDC Interim Management Committee headed by Effiong Akwa at Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Nyesom Wike, condemned the posture of some ethnic groups in the Niger Delta region who behave as if the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) belongs to them.
The governor said these people are leaving their state and coming to Rivers to block the doors of the commission, cause a crisis and frustrate the economic activities of the state.
“Anyone can be named in the Niger Delta. There are people who believe that if they name someone from Edo or Cross River State, for example, they will say no, that these people are not the main Niger Delta states. We have to stop this.
“NDDC does not belong to any ethnic group in the Niger Delta region. It doesn’t belong to anyone. There are people who saw themselves as the owners of NDDC. They leave their state and come to NDDC to block the door of NDDC. We are peaceful people, but no one should push us to the point where we can tell you enough is enough.
“The next time they try again to cause a crisis in our state, I will mobilize our people against them. I’m not saying that if you have grievances with NDDC, you shouldn’t figure out how to settle them. But, don’t use it to cause us problems, to start doing economic activities so as not to move.
The Governor challenged the new interim leadership to be determined to make a difference, change the commission’s current narrative of serving the interests of foreigners and abandon its primary mandate to develop the region.
Acting Administrator and NDDC Managing Director Effiong Akwa said the visit was the first to be undertaken by his team to a governor in the region.