Yenagoa—A Niger Delta Advocacy group, the Young Professionals for Peace, Transparency and Development (YPPTD) has commended the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to call for the resignation of his aides particularly the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, over their presidential ambition.
The group urged Buhari to immediately set up a substantive board for the smooth running of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In a statement by its Director-General, High Chief Selekumo Ndiaye in Yenagoa, the group tasked Buhari to use Akpabio’s exit which they described as a breath of fresh air to establish a substantive board and ease the frosty relationship between the people of the Niger Delta region and his administration.
“We commend President Muhammadu Buhari for feeling the pulse of the people and asking those distracting the administration with their presidential ambition to resign.
“The people of the Niger Delta region however see Senator Akpabio’s resignation as a breath of fresh air and a new chapter to straighten the frosty relationship between the Niger Delta people and his administration.
“The years of deceit and unfulfilled promises under the Senator Akpabio’s ministerial leadership of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs have created enmity between the people and the Buhari administration. It was under Akpabio that the NDDC became a comic relief for the National Assembly and the nation.
“It was under Akpabio that the ordered and welcomed forensic audit was done without result. It was under the same Akpabio that the anti-corruption effort of the Buhari administration became a nullity. Rather, report of under-table corruption emerges daily and now confirmed by his declaration to contest for Presidency,” the statement reads.
The group pointed out that the sole administrator of NDDC, Effiong Okon Akwa is toothless and without proper legal backing to settle the issue of backlog of debts and activities of the commission.
The statement averred that the setting up of a substantial board for the commission will be a welcome development that will reposition the trust of the region in the APC-led Federal Government.