The National Union of Ogoni Students International (NUOS INTL USA), in collaboration with Ogoni lives Matter International (OLM USA) have congratulated Dr. Joy Nuieh on her recent appointment as the interim Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Dr. Joy Yimebe Nunieh is said to be the daughter of the late Senator Gbene Cyrus Nunieh, the Grand Patron of National Union of Ogoni Students International USA (NUOS. INTL. USA).
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement jointly signed by the President of (NUOS. INTL.USA), Mr. Pius Baripkoa Nwinee, Secretary General of ( NUOS INTL.USA), Mr. Sampson B. Npimnee, Coordinator of (Ogoni lives Matter INTL, USA), Mr. Cornelius J.S Dumerene and the Secretary of ( Ogoni Lives Matter INTL, USA), Mr. Toate Ganago.
The groups commended President Muhammadu Buhari “for appointing an Ogoni daughter, mother and legal juggernaut to the position of interim Managing Director of NDDC.”
They however said that they expected Dr. Joy Nunieh to give the forensic audit her undivided attention to ensuring that Niger Delta had exceptional care, reform developmental projects it deserves.
“We, therefore, reiterate our commitment, support, and advocating that the President shouldn’t be perturbed by those echoing noise of time limit, zoning, and whipping hate as a vehicle to defraud Niger Delta area.
“We express confidence that Dr. Joy Nunieh’s appointment is a testament to the trust and courage she has shown and earned, her wisdom, experience, sense of engagement, devotion to the service of others, and the ultimate legacy of her forefathers, and Ogoni at large are of value to the Commission.
“On this note, we remind Dr. Joy Yembe Nunieh not to forget the military government/Shell battle ground within Ogoni/ Andoni-Nkoro border towns of Kaa, Kpean, Tera-ue, Gwara, Teenamma etc, that were wiped out at the inception of the Ogoni struggle, giving the ultimate price paid by these host communities that led to the formation of NDDC,” they added in the statement.
The groups then expressed their displeasure and disappointment with the alleged pay to play scheme, what they called the existing tools of time limit and zoning that they said held a stronghold of corruption on the commission since inception.
According to them, these have not only marginalized the people, but have “rewarded corrupt individuals rather than transforming the Niger Delta Area.”
They called on President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm Dr. Joy Yimebe Nunieh’s appointment, “reject and dismantle this fraudulent practice of time limit and zoning that have not only sabotaged the purpose of the commission for the Niger Delta, but have also emptied our schools, hospitals, recycled poverty, violence and basic local infrastructure for development.”
It was added in the statement that Niger Delta did not begin in Edo State, Delta and ended in Bayelsa, but that it extended to other places, particularly Ogoni that they said had championed the fight and sacrifice more lives for the restoration of property rights to the Niger Delta Area.