18 January 2012
The year 2011 was a challenging one for people of the Niger Delta region as executive members of the board of an interventionist agency, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC established by the Federal government solely to tackle challenges of underdevelopment in the region were locked in personality clash and power play.
Communities in the region suffered neglect. Protests by youths from various communities seeking the agency’s attention for their areas became a regular sight at the board of the Commission, causing untold hardship for motorists on the ever busy, Port Harcourt Aba express road.
Legislators in the National Assembly from the region made appeals to members of the board to sink their differences and pursue the common good of the region. Even governors of member states of the Commission made similar appeals but all seemingly fell on deaf ears.