By Daniels Ekugo
Some youths in the Niger Delta region, under the aegis of the Niger Delta Youths Forum (NDYF), have endorsed the current drive by the Federal Government to eradicate corruption in the country.
The NDYF said the Federal Government is on track in the Niger Delta region going by the approval granted for auditors to carry out a forensic examination of the books of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
‘’It requires time to complete the forensic audit’’ the youths said.
At a meeting of the Niger Delta Youth Forum (NDYF) in Calabar, the youths praised President Muhammadu Buhari for opting to entrust the affairs of the Niger Delta Ministry in the experienced hands of Chief Godswill Akpabio.
‘’We are grateful to Mr. President for the insightful judgement’’
Particularly, the youths praised the Federal Government for giving the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) a new and strategic direction aimed at achieving viable development in the oil rich region.
‘’President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief Godswill Akpabio deserve our commendation for the changes so far in the oil rich Niger Delta region’’ the youths said.
The youths in a statement signed by NDYF Chairperson, Dr. Roseline Umoh, defended the administration’s role in appointing a sole administrator for the interventionist agency.
The youths explained that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs had a minister who is committed to doing things right.
They underscored Akpabio’s long trail of legacies in Akwa Ibom State, his inspiring leadership in the Senate and the effort he was making to develop the oil rich region.
The youths enjoined South-South governors to cooperate with the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and give him the needed support for success.
They advised the governors to be patient with the Federal Government.
The youths also called for greater understanding amongst all stakeholders in the region.
‘’We must not set roadblocks before ourselves. We must unite. The harmony which has now been achieved between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the National Assembly is here to stay’’