Youths urge court to stop ten­ure ex­ten­sion of NDDC board

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Joke Falaju, Abuja

CON­CERNED Niger Delta Youths have chal­lenged the ten­ure ex­ten­sion of board mem­bers of the Niger Delta De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (NDDC) at the Fed­eral High Court, Abuja.

Coun­sel to the plain­tiffs, Ken­neth Uwad­injo Osemha, said board ap­point­ments into the com­mis­sion are based on due process, and not po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests.

The suit, FHC/AIJ/C5/1245/2017 is seek­ing to sum­mon the Pres­i­dent of Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria, the Min­is­ter of Niger Delta Af­fairs and the NDDC, over the ap­point­ment of a sub­stan­tive man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for the com­mis­sion.

The orig­i­nat­ing sum­mons asked the court to in­ter­pret Sec­tion 3 of the NDDC Act 2006/2012, as re­gards the ap­point­ment of man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and other prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers of the NDDC.

Osemha dis­closed that the NDDC Act stip­u­lates that ap­point­ments into the com­mis­sion are based on the state with the high­est pro­duc­tion of crude oil.

He ex­plained that in that or­der of pri­or­ity, Akwa Ibom State, hav­ing fin­ished its ten­ure should re­lin­quish power to Bayelsa State.

The coun­sel urged the court to re­strain Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari from reap­point­ing the present man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the NDDC, be­cause he is not from Bayelsa State. He told the court that the first and third de­fen­dant had been served the sum­mons, adding that the sec­ond de­fen­dant re­fused to ac­cept the pro­cesses, but re­ferred them to the min­istry’s head of­fice in Port Har­court.

Jus­tice An­wuri Chikere of the Fed­eral High Court 4 how­ever, di­rected that the sum­mons be served at the Port Har­court of the sec­ond de­fen­dant.

He ad­journed the mat­ter till May 21, 2018 to en­able the coun­sel to re­port back on the ser­vice. The plain­tiff also asked the court to di­rect the first, sec­ond and third de­fen­dants to ap­pear be­fore it 30days af­ter they had been served the sum­mons, in­clu­sive of the day of such ser­vice.

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