The Unrest Over NNPC Appointments.

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Sandra Ukele.

Political  leaders and civil groups have accused the federal government of promoting a northern agenda in its recent lopsided appointment into top management positions in the controversial Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The side-lined  selection which features 15 apointments in all has10 seats slated to the north, 3 to the Southwest, 2 to the South south and certainly none to the South east.

Not left out in the struggle is the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Afenifere and the Pan Niger Delta  Forum (PANDEF) who have described the activities as the latest in series of deliberate ethnic and religious bias in apointments into NNPC.

Expressing disdain the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Peoples Congress (PNDPC) Ayemi-Botu said:

"The present government is insensitive to the calls of well meaning Niger Deltans on the lopsided appointments and managementof the NNPC since the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came on board,

"The President  actually started with 33 appointments clearly against the region, later it replaced the Group  Managing Director of NNPC  with a northerner even when  the  16- point agenda was presented to him, November last year, his attention was drawn to the composition of NNPC Board, dominated by northerners.
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"There is no gainsaying that NNPC is an offshoot of oil that is derived from the Niger Delta and the people must have a say in what happens, but even while the anger has not susided, the President came with the present reshuffling or whatever they call it, where the north again has taken over NNPC.

"I dare say that the President should wake up and redress this anomaly for the region is very disturbed about it. We own the oil; it belongs to us, we should not be marginalised in our own resource, that is why everybody is calling for restructuring," he concluded.

Following suit, the President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo  has called on President Buhari to review the appointments saying:

"This brazen disregard, marginalization and non-compliance with the Federal Character provisions in our constitution are the causes of lack of confidence which our youths have in our present governance structure.

"As long as President Buhari continues to live out his speech abroad that this government will favour  those who voted 97 per cent for him against those who voted 5 per cent for him, so long will the dissatisfaction and unrest in our polity subsist," Nwodo warned.


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