January 21, 2022

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…N/Delta Leader Berates Youths Over Calls for Akpabio’s Sack

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Edith CHUKU

A youth leader in the oil rich Niger Delta region has described those calling for the immediate sack of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio as abunch of ignorant people.

Ben Okung, who spoke under the aegis of Niger Delta Youths Organization, also condemned the on-going protest by members of the South south Youths Initiative, who stormed the federal capital territory, Abuja with casket.

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Speaking with TNN in an interview, Okung, who is the board of trustees secretary, and national secretary of NDYO described the minister as a good, charismatic, astute leader with all the positive prerequisite in terms of leadership, adding that the on-going protest by SSYI members was politically sponsored.

When asked what he thought about the call for Akpabio’s sack, he said, “it’s just amusing; the issue is that some of these in-attitude and negative strength from most of our youths as a result of inability to know or gather good information in regards to particular issues, because you cannot just go out and begin to lament, protest ignorantly without you knowing deeply what is involved and how things are done in the society.

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“The issue of the minister with the current NDDC matters has already been rectified, because the minister himself is working under somebody which is the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and working under somebody you only do or act based on directives, and when the period of time fixed for the execution of the task which you have been given has elapsed, you have to give the report.

“So, the forensic audit that took over four to five months was one of the measurement used by the federal government to assess and reassess the NDDC, so as to help them to know what to do and how to reposition people, so the minister has no stain, he is a good leader, he is so charismatic, he has all the positive prerequisite in terms of leadership from the grass root to the extent of minister level.”

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On the delay to constitute the board months after the forensic audit report was submitted, Okung who is a lawyer said “the major issues engulfing our youths is ignorance, lack of good communication, and our lack of understanding, managing has principles, after the forensic audit, the minister submitted the report to the presidential panel, and the presidential panel has a specific channel that deals with the scrutiny of that report, and that report has to be assessed, reassessed and then sent to the senate and should know very well.”

“The minister is not the core person delaying the announcement of the NDDC board, it is the work of the presidency, and even he himself as the president, president Muhammadu Buhari cannot even just wake up let that and then get the list announced so after the congress assessment the list will have to be sent to the senate for final assessment before such list will be announced.”

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