The letter reads, 'Our protest is based on the non- compliance with the Niger Delta Development Commission
(NDDC) law, lack of equity, fairness and justice to our ethnic nationality, the Itsekiri people.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a 16-man new board of the Niger Delta Development Commission
, with Dr.
Ozekhome (2007:239) attributes agitations and youth restiveness in the Niger Delta to "the lack of development programmes, lack of youth participation in decision making, poverty, practices of multinational companies, unemployment, oppression and marginalisation, government's insensitivity, unitary nature of Nigerian state, mistrust of elders, lack of resource control, domination of minorities by major ethnic groups." Oluwaniyi (2011) notes that there was increase in the spate of violent agitation despite the setting up of the Niger Delta Development Commission
(NDDC) in 2000, leading to the establishment of Joint Task Military Force (JTF) to protect oil companies and their facilities in the region.
Previous efforts in the past to bring peace include the establishment of Niger Delta Development Board (NDDB)--established 1960; Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC)--established 1992; and Niger Delta Development Commission
(NDDC)--established in 2000.
Yet another development commission, the Niger Delta Development Commission
(NDDC) was established as a successor to the OMPADEC in 1999.
"We are working with the Ministry of the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Development Commission
(NDDC) and the Post-Amnesty Programme Development Committee to assist the former militants.
With barely five months to the end of the year, the House of Representatives yesterday passed for second reading the 2010 Appropriation Bill for the Niger Delta Development Commission
Following the return of democratic government in 1999, President Olusegun Obasanjo's government made some effort to address the injustice that had been meted out to the people of the Niger Delta, with the establishment of the Niger Delta Development Commission
(NDDC), which was to be the vehicle through which to develop the region.
Nigeria's President Yar'Adua has already set up the Niger Delta Technical Committee and is establishing a special ministry to work alongside the Niger Delta Development Commission
(NDDC), established by the previous administration in 2000 on the advice of Lukman, as a special development intervention vehicle.
Anxious to arrange a cease-fire so oil production could resume, a delegation made up of two Shell executives and Timi Alaibe, finance director of the government-controlled Niger Delta Development Commission
, visited MEND's "Council of Elders" in June at Camp Five, a fortified island near Oporoza, where the MEND members were ensconced.
* Given the rising tensions in the Niger Delta region in Nigeria over the use of income derived from the drilling and export of oil, the UNDP supported the Niger Delta Development Commission
in organizing the International Conference on the Sustainable Development of the Niger Delta Region in 2001.
Pius Odubu and Bernard Okumagba appointments as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission