MR EFFIONG AKWA

The  Federal High Court sitting in Warri has been approached to order the sack of the sole administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa.

Urhobo youths under theaegis of Urhobo Youth Leaders Council, UYLC, are said to be behind the move andare represented by the plaintiff in the suit, Comrade Lucky Emonefe.

 In his affidavit in support of originatingsummons on behalf of UYLC, Comrade Lucky Emonefe is said to have described theappointment of Mr. Akwa as illegal and a breach of the act establishing thecommission.

Defendants in the casewith suit No FHC/W12/CS/2/2021 are; Federal Government of Nigeria, AttorneyGeneral of the Federation, NDDC, Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa and the Minister forNiger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio.

 The plaintiff amongst others, is seeking adeclaration that the NDDC act does not provide for and envisage the office ofsole administrator for the 3rd defendant and for anyone to be appointed as suchthereby making his appointment null and void.

 

SENATOR GODSWILL AKPABIO

In a statement issued yesterday, Comrade Emonefe who is also the UYLC president, said: “We are seeking an order of the court restraining the defendants, their agents, administrators, privies and/or servants as well as the general public from recognising the 4th defendant as sole administrator of the 3rd defendant.

 “We had to head to court because theappointment of the 4th defendant is illegal, null and void and breach of theact establishing the NDDC Act. “Our decisionto approach the court was born out of the genuine desire of all Urhobo youthsto demand a substantive board that will facilitate development in the NigerDelta region because we see the appointment as an aberration and deviating fromthe aims for which the commission was established.”