Ibom patriots, a group of eminent indigenes of Akwa ibom  has appealed
to the people of Nigerdelta to always ensure equity and brotherliness
in relating with one another.

The call was made against the backdrop of criticisms that trailed the
recent appointment of Barrister Effiong Akwa as the sole administrator
of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by President
Mohammadu Buhari.

In a press statement endorsed Obong Bassey Inuaeyen Chancellor of the
group and  Barr. Usenobong Akpabio Secretary General, yesterday in
Uyo, the group lamented that they have watched with consternation, the
open display of ignobility by some groups and individuals, who
patently exhibit a sense of entitlement over others in the affairs of
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the region as a whole.

“The aphorism that “What is good for the goose is also good for the
gander” resonates under this circumstance. As a region, we have to
federate communally to maximize the opportunities granted us by God in
our environment rather than engage in mindless ethnic-infused
struggles and pull-him-down syndrome.

“This charade manifested recently when President Muhammadu Buhari,
firmed up his resolve to clean the Augean stable in NDDC by appointing
Effiong Okon Akwa as the Interim Administrator to oversee the affairs
of the Commission until the forensic audit exercise is completed and a
substantive board appointed,” the statement said.

The group said the decision to appoint Effiong Akwa remained logical
further explained that he is eminently qualified as a lawyer and
chartered accountant with in-depth administrative know-how.

“He is also a noble Niger Delta son from the leading oil producing
State of Akwa Ibom.” It said.

It further berated the protest against the Minister of Nigerdelta
Senator Godswill Akpabio descibing it as “condemnable, irrational and
lackadaisical”

” We therefore view the reported protests by Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)
and some other elements in the region against the appointment of
Effiong Okon Akwa, and Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio as dumbfounding
and a monstrous obtrusion of equity and brotherhood in the Niger Delta
Region. This overbearing superiority claims to privileges,
opportunities and benefits in the affairs of the region can no longer
stand.

“Ibom Patriots aligns with progressive minds in the region to resist
these devious tendencies as well as condemns the tirade of disapproval
reportedly championed by a group postulating as Ijaw Youth Council
(IYC) either for themselves or for others, against these Akwa Ibom
sons.

“While applauding Mr. President on the appointment of Effiong Okon
Akwa,we equally support his holistic drive for a forensic auditing of
NDDC, for the sole intention of ensuring that the aims and objectives
of the Commission as conceptualized at inception is effectively
realized. Accordingly, we urge all dissenting voices to let peace
reign in the region.

“There are prevalent challenges that we should collectively champion
for the region. As oil producing states, it is principally our God
given natural resources that enable our nation, Nigeria to drive the
economy and service the country,” it said.

The group appealed for the completion of the East West Road project,
construction of inter-linking federal roads and the relocation of
headquarters of Oil majors to the region which they noted should be
implemented without delay.


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