Niger Delta group bemoans inequality, injustice

A group, Coalition of Justice and Equity (NDCJE), has thumbed down the over what it termed its unfair treatment of the people in terms of appointments and efforts.

 This was contained in a press statement issued Wednesday by the group’s national coordinator, Alaowe Preye Dokubo, and national secretary, Comrade Olisa Ode Osundi.

 It read in part, “As partners that believe in the course of as a dear nation as well as believe in putting square pegs in square holes, and uplifting merit over mediocrity in all its ramifications, we are hereby compelled to critically and objectively analyse the current letter from the president to the National Assembly, presenting someone for confirmation as acting director-general.

Dr. Halilu Shaba Ahmad had not acted in any before now, not to talk about that of the director-general/chief executive of the National Space Research and Agency (NASRDA); and he is even number eight in the hierarchy of the nominal roll of the agency since Mr. Jonathan Angulu left as the acting director-general of the agency.

 “We wish to recall that Mr. Angulu handed over the mantle of to the most senior management staff in person of Dr. Francis Chizea Dubem, a renowned research fellow with 21 years of service at NASRDA, has been in charge of the organisation till date, and the first vice-chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space; a bestowed on him based on the recommendation of the African Group Task Force on Space , based in Vienna, Austria.”

 “We appeal to the president to, as a matter of national interest, revert to status quo, and set aside the letter sent to the National Assembly and do the right thing, by confirming Dr. Dubem, is far more capable than Mr. Halidu.

 “The NDCJE appropriately urges Deltans, South-south indigenes, and, indeed, Nigerians to rise up and condemn this injustice meted out to a fellow Nigerian. President Buhari should do the rightful thing and make this very important decision by appointing Dr. Dubem as the substantive DG of NARSDA. By the way, Dr. Dubem is a foundation staff and it is even on record that the office property that NARSDA first used was his father’s personal property.”

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