In a recent development, Ijaw elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark has made a significant call for the exclusion of three states, namely Abia, Imo, and Ondo, from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Chief Clark’s recommendation stems from his belief that the inclusion of these states in the NDDC was primarily a matter of convenience, rather than an accurate reflection of the oil-producing regions. He characterized this inclusion as a “political aberration.”
As an alternative solution, Chief Clark has urged President Bola Tinubu to initiate the enactment of a new bill for the NDDC. This new bill, according to his proposal, should accurately represent the true oil-producing states of the Niger Delta, which encompass Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Edo, and Akwa Ibom.
This call by Chief Edwin Clark raises questions about the original intention behind the inclusion of these states in the NDDC and the necessity of revisiting the legislation to ensure a more accurate allocation of resources and representation for the region’s oil-producing states.
It remains to be seen how this suggestion will be received and acted upon by relevant authorities