…says as presently constituted both states have no representation,
..so far we have been marginalised in projects distribution due to non-inclusion in the cttee
A member representing Ukwa East West Federal Constituency, of Abia State, Hon Uzoma Nkem-Abonta on Monday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to enlarge the Interim Management Committee, IMC of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC to accommodate Abia and Imo states.
The fourth timer in the House of Reps, in a chat with Thenewsguru.com, TNG, said his state, Abia and Imo have been grossly marginalised as they have no voice in the present configuration of IMC.
He explained that”I have seen the publications of most payments made by IMC and all the emergency contracts all paid for, visibly not included remains Abia and Imo.
“The two states are oil producing though with small production quota nevertheless are being marginalised.
The IMC as constiitutted leaves the both states without representation, therefore making the state vulnerable and nobody to speak for the states at board meetings where monies and projects are shared and paid.
“No wonder in the long list of over 80 billion naira purportedly spent both states were not accommodated.
“Curiously, the budget 2019 that was selectively performed the states in question lacked and disadvantaged as nobody in the board to select or speak on their behalf.
“The scramble for payments and contract distribution left the states with little or nothing.
“Curiously again, both states share similar peculiarities having one local government producing oil that is Ukwa Federal Constituency in Abia and Ohaji/Egbema Federal Constituency in Imo state.
“Both local governments suffer terrible poor inclusion in project sharing.
“This is an appeal to Mr President to include both states for the sake of equity.