By Obas Esiedesa
The newly appointed Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, have pledged to urgently work to address the developmental challenges facing the region.
Both men who are indigenes of the oil rich region promised at resumption of duty at the Ministry to leave huge footprints in the development of the Niger Delta region.
Akpabio is a former governor of Akwa Ibom State while Keyamo, an activist and a lawyer is from Delta State.
Speaking at a reception organized by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack and management staff on Wednesday, Senator Akpabio, said that being from the Niger Delta region, it behooves on him to take the developmental challenges more seriously, hence, the issues of capacity building, inadequate infrastructure, poverty alleviation, youth restiveness, entrepreneurship, environmental degradation, amongst others, will be tackled head-on as he was not unaware of how these challenges negatively affected people of the region.
Akpabio pledged to work harmoniously with his counterpart to ensure that they lived up to the expectations of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He added that he loved leaving marks anywhere he worked and called on staff and management of the Ministry to ‘put all hands on deck to ensure that our developmental efforts yield fruits’.
In his remarks, the Minister of State, Mr. Keyamo thanked staff of the Ministry for the warm reception accorded them and pledged to give his best in boosting the confidence imposed in him through their appointment.
In her remarks, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, expressed confidence that the appointment of the new Ministers would change the narrative of the Niger Delta region.