The newly-appointed Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mrs Ibim Semenitari, has been charged on urgent reform within the agency. This is with the view to making it deliver on the mandate for which it was established.
The directive was given yesterday by the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency.
The Centre, in a statement by its Coordinator, Comrade Ikpa Isaac, appealed to Semenitari to keep her inaugural promise of better days ahead for the agency and the people of the Niger Delta.
Reacting to the recent changes made by the Presidency that saw the exit of Dr Henry Ogiri as Executive Director, Finance, and Tuoyo Omatsuli as Executive Director, Projects, the centre said the Acting DG now has free hand to bring about the much-needed change in the agency.
The centre also advised her not to be intimidated by those who have skeletons in their cupboards as regards their involvement in how the commission was a conduit pipe for corrupt government officials in the past.
It added that it was aware that paid critics and activists have been recruited to tarnish Mrs Semenitari’s image in the media using trumped-up charges especially by officials of Rivers State Government.
“It is glaring that the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike only woke up to step-up its campaign of intimidation after Mrs Ibim Semenitari has been appointed as the Acting Managing Director of NDDC. One begins to wonder if there are too many hidden skeletons in their cupboard.
“We want to remind those who think attacking the Acting MD is their priority that the NDDC transcends regional interests as its success has national implications. They must, therefore, look at Mrs Semenitari’s appointment as part of the nation’s march on the path of change as opposed to the dynamics of local politics.”
It advised her to continue to expose the shallowness of her detractors like she did when she convincingly proved that the was not in a position to have borrowed N1 billon while she served as the Commissioner for Information in the immediate past administration of former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, contrary to stories spunned about her.
It described her appointment as deserving, given her background as someone who has adequate knowledge of the commission.