May 5, 2021
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*L-R (front row): Ex-Official member, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South- South, Hon. Samson Abu; Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; National Vice Chairman, PDP, South-South, Chief Dan Orbih; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the Zonal Secretary, PDP South- South, Mr. Felix Omenu, during a courtesy visit by members of the South-South Zonal Working Committee of the PDP at Government House in Benin City on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

By Ngozi Ekhator

The current structure of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has caused under-development in the South-south region, Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has lamented.

The  Governor therefore called for an urgent restructuring of the Commission to enable drive development of the South-South region.

He made the call during a meeting with the South-South Zone Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Government House in Benin City.

Obaseki said, “In the South-South, we must stand up to defend ourselves economically, politically and security wise. We have pretenders in the region who try to exploit the region and we must stop them.”

According to him, the South-South region has the needed resources to develop itself, but the inability to do this has impeded growth.

He added: “The current structure of the NDDC has caused underdevelopment in the region, with the federal government not showing any concern.

“What is going on in NDDC today is totally untenable. NDDC can’t do any work in Edo and other states in the South-South. You can’t use the resources meant for the region to develop other regions of the country.”

Obaseki expressed worry that “the federal government seems not to care about the scandal associated with NDDC. We have enough money in the region to build infrastructure and revive the economy. We can do it ourselves by stopping the interference.

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