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Give us competent, experienced NDDC boss not politicians – Group to Buhari




The Watchdog for Progressive Ijaw (WPI), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, not to succumb to pressure from selfish political leaders in appointing an individual whose allegiance belonged to a politician instead of the Niger Delta as the NDDC boss.

The group also said the next NDDC managing director must be someone with an in-depth understanding of the challenges of development of the region and a person that enjoys the respect and acceptability of critical groups in the area especially the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC).

In a statement sent to DAILY POST on Monday, the group noted that the mistakes of the past whereby considerations were given more to political gains rather than competence must not be repeated in the appointment of the next helmsman for the commission.

The statement, signed by WPI National Coordinator, Lambart Olambo, urged the President to be personally involved in the appointment of the next managing director to stop the trend of playing politics with the fate of the people.

Olambo observed that it would be a great disservice to the people of the region if President Buhari doesn’t intervene.

The group said incessant unrest in the Niger Delta and youth militancy, which often resulted in avoidable bloodshed and destruction of properties came from appointments of incompetent and untested people to manage the affairs of the commission.

They asked President Buhari to ensure that only an independent-minded, firm and decisive individual with track records in corporate governance is appointed as the next managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The group insisted that such an appointee must be a bridge-builder, a development expert and an individual that would reach out to all the stakeholders in the region without political or ethnic considerations.

The group said: “Our problem has always been allowing an individual or a group with selfish interest to recommend the appointment of the NDDC boss. In the time past, once any of such individuals emerge as the NDDC boss, they owe their allegiance to the politician or the group that recommended them.

“This trend started since the exit of the original appointees that set up, structured and managed the Commission. Members of that team owe their allegiance only to the Niger Delta people and the President who gave them the assignment. The Niger Delta Development Master Plan which they designed has since been abandoned.

“Subsequent, appointees hand-picked by political leaders only did the bidding of a politician or group of politicians and in most cases allowed the NDDC to become a cash cow for their principals to actualise their political ambitions.

“Resources that should have gone into developmental projects were diverted to fund elections that were of interest to their principals. In most cases, they awarded phony contracts and paid the contractual sum without getting the jobs done, just to satisfy the greed of those who sponsored their appointments.

“We are appealing to the President to change this narrative and turn around the NDDC for good. We are asking the President to use his experience and give us a sound, strong, firm and decisive NDDC boss, who understands our problems and is willing to work tirelessly to actualise the mandate of the NDDC.

“Our position is that the next substantive managing director of NDDC should not be an appendage of any politician. It is time to toe a different path and we know that President Buhari is equal to the task.”

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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