Youth Groups Commend Akpabio’s Commitment To Niger Delta
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has been commended by a group of youth leaders for conceiving and implementing projects in line with well-defined vision and strategies for the development of the Niger Delta Region.
According to a release by the group, “the evidence so far is that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, is well-informed of what is expected of him and he is rising to the occasion admirably.”
At a meeting in Owerri, Imo State, the youths commended Akpabio for giving priority to basic infrastructures like roads, electricity, education, portable water, health, land reclamation, construction of jetties and canalization.
“Senator Akpabio is proffering permanent solutions to the Niger Delta problems. He is giving succour to the afflicted, building bridges of friendship across the region and giving the people a sense of belonging,” the group noted.
The Youth Leaders equally spoke on the 3 per cent contribution of oil companies to Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the huge debt owed the commission by International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the region and Akpabio’s doggedness and sincerity on how to go about the financial needs of the NDDC.
In an address read on behalf of youth groups in the Niger Delta by the President, Coalition of Progressive Niger Delta Youths (CPNDY), Mr Chukwuma Nwabueze, the youth leaders praised Akpabio for properly and efficiently managing the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
They also applauded the former governor of Akwa Ibom State for galvanising the people into lending full support for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government in its resolve to transform the region.
“Our attitude to the call for the constitution of the board for the NDDC in 2021 is one of extreme caution. We therefore, urge President Muhamadu Buhari not to yield to the temptation of constituting the NDDC Board now,” they said.
The youths also highlighted some of the projects executed by the NDDC under the strict supervision of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
These include the on-going East West Road Project, the 1050 bed space hostel in the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, human capital development, skills acquisition centres in all the nine states of the Niger Delta and the132kv substation in Ondo State, which will supply power to about five local government areas in the state.