Monday, August 1, 2011

Call to transfer NDDC from presidency condemned

1 August 2011

Written by Kolawole Daniel

A member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Daniel Reyenieju, has condemned the call by Minister of Niger Delta Ministry, Elder Godsday Orubebe, that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), should be placed under his ministry.

Honourable Reyenieju, who represents Warri Federal constituency in the house,  said such attempt would be counterproductive, saying the commission was established by an Act of Parliament.

Reacting to the minister’s order that NDDC should be brought under his ministry in other to quell the perennial in-fighting at the commission, he said “on no account should the commission be merged with the ministry because the Niger Delta Ministry was created by an executive fiat while the commission came to life via an Act of Parliament which is far stronger than that of the ministry.”

He said, “no sentiments attached. I disagree with Godsday Orubebe entirely that the commission should be transferred from the presidency because it is not possible for such a newly created ministry to take over such an interventionist agency.

“The truth of the matter is that the superintending office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on NDDC has not laid any complaints on whether it cannot manage NDDC, if the minister needs more funds he should write to the National Assembly and it would be looked into,” he said.

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