By Anietie Ekong
The appointment of Senator Godswill Akpabio as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs on August 20, 2019 was greeted by great enthusiasm by people across the Niger Delta region. President Muhammadu Buhari was widely hailed for the appointment as putting a square peg in a square hole.
The Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, has said Niger Delta must “forge a bond of peace” for any meaningful development to happen in the region.
The Minister for Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio at the weekend indicated the Ministry’s interest in partnering with Cross River state to turn the Niger-Delta region into a hub for rice production in the country.
Following the ruling by the Appeal Court in Calabar Cross River State, ordering a rerun of the National Assembly elections in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, the Peoples’ Democratic Party as well as the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District, Senator Chris Ekpenyong have expressed optimism to come out victorious in the rerun.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, has ruled in favour of Sen. Godswill Akpabio, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, nullifying the election of Dr. Chris Ekpenyong, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who was declared winner of the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election in Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.
The Niger Delta People Liberation Force (NDPLF) has demanded transparency and accountability in Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs with a view to fighting corruption.
A former leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, has issued a strong warning to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to strictly follow the year 2000 Establishment Law of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to avoid anarchy.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has asked the management of the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC to adhere strictly to due process, international best practices and commitment to solving the problems in the Niger-Delta.
Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to the ministerial portfolios assigned to Festus Keyamo and Godswill Akpabio by President Muhammadu Buhari.
ADEKUNLE ADE SUJI, Abuja
Senate on Wednesday screened 10 Ministerial nominees as the Lawan Blocked Senators from questioning Chibuke Ameachi.