Delta state deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro, youth and group leaders from varied ethnic nationalities of Niger Delta area on Thursday slammed the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio over what they termed ‘refusal by President Muhammadu Buhari and the minister, Akpabio to represent a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Following the 7-day ultimatum on NDDC board reconstitution, issued final Sunday by ex- militant chief, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo to the Nigerian authorities, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Akpabio hurriedly launched into a visit to the hometown of the ex-militant chief, Oporoza, headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, to carry talks with stakeholders.
Speaking on behalf of the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa through the stakeholders assembly on the palace of the King of Gbaramatu kingdom, the state governor Deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro, reiterated the place of state authorities which is structure of a substantive board for the fee is in accordance with the Act establishing the NDDC.
Otuaro famous that “the nation is in severe tumour on account of failed management. The dialogue on the streets by our individuals is that, has our brother, the unusual transformation agenda governor additionally joined the bandwagon of failed management.
“This has been the questions in the public domain. Because we can not explain an institution like the NDDC that is a product of an act is been run in flagrant abuse. The voice of the people must be listened to; we want a substantive board in NDDC as soon as possible. We don’t want anything untoward in this region. We want the right thing to be done. As the representative of the governor of Delta state, Dr. Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, we don’t want a repeat of what happened in the region in 2016.”
Also expressing its disappointment and disappointment in the direction of the perspective of the Minister, the President of Isoko National Youth Assembly (INYA), Amos Ogbokor-Etaluku, advised the Minister that the Isoko nation aligned her with the 7-day ultimatum issued by the ex-militant chief.
He stated failure to stick to the calls for of the individuals, the Minister needs to be prepared to bounce to the aftermath music.
On his half, the President, Ijaw National Congress (INC), Benjamin Okaba, expressed dismay that Akpabio was operating NDDC with a sole administrator in contravention of the Act that established the fee.
Spokesman for Gbaramatu Traditional Council, Godspower Gbenekeme, advised Akpabio in clear phrases that “the individuals seated right here usually are not IYC executives that you may simply name to Abuja, the presence of troopers in our area is just not the explanation for peace, it’s due to our resolve. We need that board to be constituted; the ultimatum stands, after the ultimatum and nothing is finished, don’t blame anyone.”
Addressing the stakeholders assembly earlier, Akpabio suggested the individuals of the area towards something that might probably ignite warfare and stress within the space.
“The youths should give peace an opportunity and going by the delicate nature of the Niger Delta area, it’s only somebody who has not seen a warfare that might be speaking of warfare.
“When others are having their points and so they need to take it on the federal authorities, we’re saying this area mustn’t be a part of them. I’m saying this as a result of the final time, quite a lot of their younger ones had been killed. As a younger man I noticed the place moms threw their children within the pit bathroom in order that troopers wouldn’t discover them with the cry of the child.
“I saw people slept in the open field of primary schools. I saw where somebody will be walking on the road and the next thing you hear is ‘gbo’ and you see blood gushing out and he doesn’t even know he has been shot so we must not allow our region to boil, we must support the federal government, particularly this present government. My visit is primarily to consult the people on the way forward and also to appeal for peace.”, Akpabio stated.
SaharaReporters reliably gathered that ex-militant, Tompolo, who refused to satisfy with the Minister, despatched a message warning him to return to Abuja and inaugurate the NDDC board with out additional delay.