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BREAKING! Niger Delta leaders spit fire, say any attempt to scrap or submerge ministry will have adverse consequences

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BREAKING! Niger Delta leaders spit fire, say any attempt to scrap or submerge ministry will have adverse consequences

Leaders of the Niger Delta on Friday cautioned the Federal Government not to take any misguided step to scrap or submerge the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs would have adverse consequences.

TheNewsGuru.com, (TNG) recalls the President Bola Tinubu had on Wednesday unveiled portfolios of ministers designate but the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry was no where to be found.

Rising from a meeting of critical stakeholders of the Niger Delta extraction, leaders of region in a communique jointly signed by its leaders Chief EK Clark and Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, National Chairman the regional group declared that:

“The group cautioned that any misguided step toward SCRAPPING OR SUBMERGING the Ministry, will create an unfavorable environment with adverse consequences.

To this end the following resolutions were reached at the end of the Confab:

1 .Expresses great surprise that in the published assignment of Ministers to their various cabinet portfolios, there is none designated for the existing Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

2. Reminds Mr. President that the Ministry of Niger Delta was created, specifically, to “focus on infrastructural development, environmental protection and empowerment of youths in the oil-rich Niger Delta region”, which continues to be greatly impacted by the oil and gas industry, and remains the live-wire of the national economy.

3. That the Ministry which was created by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2008, and was sustained under his two immediate predecessors (Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari) to help advance the course of itthe peace in the Niger Delta region.

4. THEREFORE, CALLS ON MR. PRESIDENT TO URGENTLY ADDRESS THE OMISSION.

5. Cautions that any misguided step toward SCRAPPING OR SUBMERGING the Ministry, will create an unfavorable environment with adverse consequences.

6. Further cautions the federal government to desist from tampering with any institution(s), which along with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, have been flagship institution(s), to ensure peace and development in the Niger Delta region.

7. We are hopeful that the federal government will be properly advised on this matter, even as we reiterate the commitment of the leadership of PANDEF and the people of the region to enduring the reign of peace and stability in the overall interest of country.

Read full communique below:

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES (BOT) AND NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (NEC) OF PAN NIGER DELTA FORUM (PANDEF) HELD IN ABUJA, ON FRIDAY, 18TH AUGUST 2023.

An emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees (BOT) and National Executive Commiiee of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) held in Abuja, on Friday, 18th August 2023.

The meeting was chaired by the National Leader, Chief Dr. E. K. Clark, OFR, CON, and in attendance were the National Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, FNSE, Members of the Board of Trustees, as well as National and State Officers.

The meeting discussed issues pertaining to the ongoing appointment and assignment of Ministers, as it affects the states of the Niger Delta region and South-South Geo-Political Zone, particularly, the omission of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
The meeting resolves as follows:

1. Expresses great surprise that in the published assignment of Ministers to their various cabinet portfolios, there is none designated for the existing Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

2. Reminds Mr. President that the Ministry of Niger Delta was created, specifically, to “focus on infrastructural development, environmental protection and empowerment of youths in the oil-rich Niger Delta region”, which continues to be greatly impacted by the oil and gas industry, and remains the live-wire of the national economy.

3. That the Ministry which was created by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2008, and was sustained under his two immediate predecessors (Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari) to help advance the course of the peace in the Niger Delta region.

4. THEREFORE, CALLS ON MR. PRESIDENT TO URGENTLY ADDRESS THE OMISSION.

5. Cautions that any misguided step toward SCRAPPING OR SUBMERGING the Ministry, will create an unfavorable environment with adverse consequences.

6. Further cautions the federal government to desist from tampering with any institution(s), which along with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, have been flagship institution(s), to ensure peace and development in the Niger Delta region.

7. We are hopeful that the federal government will be properly advised on this matter, even as we reiterate the commitment of the leadership of PANDEF and the people of the region to enduring the reign of peace and stability in the overall interest of country.

8. Issued and Adopted at the end of an Emergency Meeting in Abuja, this 18th Day of August 2023.

Signed:

*Chief Dr. E. K. Clark, OFR, CON*
National Leader

*Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, FNSE*
National Chairman

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