The Itsekiri National Youths Council (INYC) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio for appointing an Interim Management Committee of the embattled Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The INYC, which represents the overall interest of the itsekiri being a minority group in the Niger Delta region.
The call came in a statement which was signed by the President of the Council, Mr Agbateyiniro Isaac as he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the minister without delay.
This according to him will serve as deterrent to all those sabotaging the efforts of the present administration to develop the area.
The INYC leader, however was not happy with the action of the minister, stressing that it “ill equipped” some individuals to superintend over the affairs of governance at NDDC in spite of the president’s appointment of a new board.
The statement stated that “Akpabio cleverly masterminded and hurriedly constituted an illegal management team in a manner that is at variance with all relevant provisions of the NDDC Act clearly show the level of cerebral properties that he is made of.
“Premised on this, we are therefore calling on the relevant committees of the National Assembly to do a second screening on the man they hitherto cleared as ministerial nominee and do the needful by recommending to Mr President for his immediate sack.
“This, we believe will serve as deterrent to all those that are not properly prepared for governance at such level.
“It will also serve as deterrent to those who see governance only from the prism of what they can get for themselves and not the quality of service they can give to the common man.
The INYC threatened to publish in due time dossier of alleged deals, compromises, negotiations and renegotiation which prevented Itsekiri from producing the chairman or even the managing director of the NDDC.
“It is on record that Itsekiri ethnic nationality is the current highest producer of crude oil and gas in Delta State from where state enjoys the status among the nine NDDC states as the highest producer of crude oil/gas.
“At the appropriate time this council shall make its official position known to the Nigerian government on the continuous exploration/exploitation of oil and gas from our ancestral land without according us the corresponding benefits.”