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NNDC: C’River elders commend Buhari over Akwa’s appointment

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

Elders and people of Cross River state have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of Barr Chief Effiong Okon Akwa as the interim administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, saying the appointment was a case of putting a square peg in a square hole.

They also frowned at the protest and threat by some Ijaw youths against the minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Sen Godswill Akpabio, who he said the Ijaw youths were accusing of foisting his kinsman on NDDC, submitting that if at all the minister had a hand in Akwa’s appointment, he should be commended and not vilified.

In a press statement titled ‘Allow Effiong Akwa to Change the Narrative of NDDC,’ and made available to our reporter in Calabar, Wednesday, the Chairman of the Elders’ Forum of the Cross River state All Progressives Congress (APC), Elder (Dr) David Okon, who signed the statement on behalf of the Forum, called on political and traditional leaders of the Ijaw nation to call their youths to order.

The statement read in part; “Chief Effiong Okon Akwa’s appointment is a square peg in a square hole. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

“As a Niger Delta community, we have no doubt, that the Interim Administrator will turn around the fortunes of the commission for the good of Niger Delta Communities and the country at large. To that effect, we appeal to the conscience of some Ijaw youths and other ill-informed trouble makers to give peace a chance by Chief Akwa, a man with impeccable credentials to change the bad narratives of this interventionist agency to a good one.

The Forum Chairman therefore appealed to all Niger Deltans and indeed all Nigerians to support the President in his determination to change the story of the oil producing region for the good of all, submitting that infighting amongst Niger Deltans would do no one any good.

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