Stakeholders from Niger Delta region have urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to appoint somebody from the oil-producing area in any core states of the region as Niger Delta Affairs minister in his yet-to-be inaugurated cabinet in order to address the plights of the region optimally.
This is coming against the rumour that some powerful persons around the presidency are persuading the president to consider someone from the non-oil producing area as the minister in the Niger Delta Affairs ministry, a situation the people of the region think will compound the problems and create further tension in the region.
An advocacy group in the region ‘Movement for the Protection of Oil Producing Communities in Niger Delta’ told newsmen in a statement on Sunday that it takes somebody from the oil-producing area to understand the plights of the people of such areas as well as supporting the president in solving most of the problems.
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The Chairman of the group, Chief Oyosongo Frank and Secretary, Comrade Godwin Edikan, noted that the ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs is more about political expediency and requires none other person than someone from an oil producing area in the Niger Delta region, because the sole purpose for this ministry is to provide steer and co-ordination for the developmental activities in the region.