15 December 2013, Asaba – Association of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON) says it expects the new chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Bassey Henshaw, the managing director, Obong (Sir) Bassey Dan Abia, and members of the Governing Board to justify the high confidence reposed in them by President Goodluck Jonathan by bringing their wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of their duties.
In a congratulatory message signed by its National Executive Chairman, Eze Akuwueze Raphael Ikegwuruka, Ezeahuruke II, TROMPCOM said there was no doubt that their appointments are in recognition of their enviable previous track records of performance in both public and private life.
“After several years of inexcusable neglect by various Governments of Nigeria since Independence in spite of the excruciating burden of providing for the economic survival of Nigeria with attendant degradation of our environment, TROMPCON, as a principal stakeholder in the development of the Niger Delta Region, demands nothing less than selfless and accountable service from the new Board”, the statement said.
“While we commend President Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate for the nomination and speedy confirmation of members of the new Board, we demand unequivocally that all the shortfalls in the statutory Federal Government contributions to the NDDC as provided in the enabling law which is now in excess of N600billion should be released without delay to the new Board.”
The group said it will continue to collaborate with agencies of government at federal and state levels to ensure that there is a conducive environment for the NDDC and all other service providers to execute various development projects in the Niger Delta.