Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has disclosed that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC and other stakeholders would soon be invited to inaugurate the ‘Special Operations Unit of the Nigerian Police Force, NPF Headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The minister made this statement when he received the National Secretary of the Interim Caretaker Committee of the APC, Sen. Akpan James Udohedehen, in his office in Abuja.
“We recognize the fact that without the presence of the party, the Ministers, Governor’s and other political office stakeholders would not be where they are today. So all of us are subject to the party and we must do everything to support the party. Therefore, everything we do in the Ministry, we try to involve the party at the National and State level,” Akpabio said while expressing his believe on party supremacy.
He added that: “We have not given out one single contract since we came on board, but we have meticulously worked on old contracts which we believe will be useful to the people. As we speak, seventy-three (73) roads have been completed, some dated back to 2003, 2005, 2006. The contactors simply went back to site, all because Mr. President instituted the forensic auditing exercise of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to reinforce accountability in governance. As at today, the Ministry have submitted the second Interim report of the forensic audit to the presidency in this regard”.
He added that 39 projects are ready for commission, which includes Skills Acquisition Centers in Akwa-Ibom, Imo and Ondo States. “In addition, we have identified a 132KVA Power Station which was abandoned in the last 14 years. This will be revived within the next four months to generate and supply light to 14 communities in Ondo State,” he added.
In his response, the Interim National Secretary of the APC while commenting on the issues of insecurity in the country, noted that the situation is not a laughable matter, adding that no serious and responsible government can go against its citizens or itself.
“So it is either that the perpetrators of this act are criminals or are being sponsored to undermine the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“One of the mandate of the Interim National Caretaker Committee of the party is to make peace among the membership and leadership of the party. Therefore, the visits will further strengthen our relationship. We thank you for doing what you did, because you have helped us to achieve one of our cardinal mandate to bring peace to every State. To do these leaders must come together and it will be on record that Akwa-Ibom has achieved this peace through your humility,” he said.
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