Youths in the Niger Delta region have called on Niger Delta governors not to block the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio in pushing forward what they described as President Muhammadu Buhari’s good plans for the region.
They have also endorsed what they described as the current drive by the Federal Government to eradicate corruption in the country.
At a meeting of the Niger Delta Youth Forum (NDYF) in Calabar, the youths praised President Muhammadu Buhari for opting to entrust the affairs of the Niger Delta Ministry on Chief Godswill Akpabio.
The youths in a statement signed by NDYF Chairperson, Dr. Roseline Umoh, defended the administration’s role in appointing a sole administrator for the interventionist agency.
In enjoining Niger Delta governors to cooperate with Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and give him the needed support for success, they advised the governors to be patient with the Federal Government.
‘’We must not set roadblocks before ourselves. We must unite. The harmony which has now been achieved between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the National Assembly is here to stay’
They also said the Federal Government had started well in the Niger Delta region by approving auditors for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
‘’It requires time to complete the forensic audit’’ the youths said.
While lauding the president for giving Akpabio supervision of the NDDC, they said”
‘’We are grateful to Mr. President for the perspicacious judgement’’
Particularly, the youths praised the Federal Government for giving the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) new and strategic direction aimed at achieving viable development in the oil rich region.
‘’President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief Godswill Akpabio deserve our commendation for the changes so far in the oil rich Niger Delta region’’ the youths said.
The youths explained that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs had a minister who is committed to doing things right.
They underscored Akpabio’s long trail of legacies in Akwa Ibom State, his inspiring leadership in the Senate and the effort he was making to develop the oil rich region.