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Asari-Dokubo urges Tinubu to reverse NDDC to OMPADEC

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Asari-Dokubo urges Tinubu to reverse NDDC to OMPADEC 

 

Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, a leader and former agitator of the Niger-Delta, has appealed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to reverse the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the former Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC).

Asari-Dokubo in a commendation statement issued on Tuesday noted that given current realities, OMPADEC, which was established in 1992, to rehabilitate and develop oil minerals producing areas of Nigeria was proper, given the fact that now there are oil-producing communities outside the Niger Delta region.

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But Asari-Dokubo said that the change of nomenclature of OMPADEC to NDDC in 2000, suggested that the NDDC was established to address the agitation of only oil-producing areas in the Niger Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers.

He said, “Mr. President, I am grateful and wish to commend your decision to reinstate the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. This decision shows your determination, reflects your deep understanding of the challenges and unique needs of the Niger Delta region, and demonstrates your commitment to addressing them.

“Mr. President, I know you are aware that Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, OMPADEC, was established to rehabilitate and develop the Oil Mineral Producing Areas of Nigeria which had been subjected to the devastating effects of ecological destruction and environmental pollution. This means that oil-producing areas that are not geographically in the Niger Delta, are captured in OMPADEC’s programmes.

“The change of nomenclature from OMPADEC to NDDC suggested that the commission was established to address the agitation of only oil-producing areas in the Niger-Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers.

“Mr. President, I beg you to consider returning NDDC to OMPADEC nomenclature, with its core mandate of addressing issues of rehabilitating and developing the oil producing areas of Nigeria, including Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Kogi, Rivers and any other area blessed with oil mineral.”

“From the foregoing, it is clear that NDDC has no relation with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. Oil-producing areas should be treated on their merit, while the Niger Delta areas of Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, and Akwa Ibom states should be treated solely as Niger Delta from a geographic and scientific point of view.”

“Among all attempts to address the agitation of the Niger-Delta, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs is a direct attempt plays a vital role in coordinating and implementing programmes and initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable development, peace, and stability in the oil-rich region.”

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