A pro-government organization, Committee Of Youth On Mobilization and Sensitization (CYMS) has yesterday called for the repositioning of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) under the direct supervision of the presidency to enhance accountability and improved service delivery.
The Director-General, Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS), Amb. Obinna Nwaka, said during a press briefing that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has failed in delivering its mandates as enshrined in the law instituting the commission to fast-track development in the region especially in the provision of social amenities such as roads, water, electricity, and general empowerments.
He however advised the President to be meticulous in the appointment of politicians into critical agencies like the NDDC, “what is experienced in NDDC are as a result of appointments of politicians without good principles, ideologies and the interest of Niger Deltans at heart. They have rather turned NDDC into an industry of looting, self-actualization, a home of drama, embezzlement, and platform to empower only their political associates.”
He said CYMS, as an evaluation monitoring and mobilization organization, has “carried out an independent opinion poll across the nine (9) states making up the region to ascertain the level of performance, development, and intervention which is not encouraging.
“We at CYMS feel the pains of these citizens in the 9 states and also understand that their plights can only be salvaged when there is transparency, equity, robust supervision of the NDDC, and swift response to challenges.”
According to him, CYMS as a front-liner in monitoring both socio-economic and political activities in Nigeria, commends the DSS’s role in an intelligence report, peace, and nation-building and commiserate with the families of the operatives who were murdered last week in Enugu state.
Nwaka lauded Mr. President on the N75 billion Youth Investment Fund (NYIF), saying: “We also wish to commend the Honorable Minister of Youth & Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare for the initiative.”
Director Social & Empowerment of CYMS, King Tonto Dike while contributing, urged the federal government to do more for the people of the Niger-Delta area to improve on the livelihoods of the people of the region.