PANDEF Urges Tinubu to Address Oversight of Niger Delta Affairs Minister in Cabinet

The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), led by South South leader Chief Edwin, has expressed dissatisfaction with President Bola Tinubu’s failure to appoint a minister for the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. PANDEF urges him to swiftly rectify this omission.

PANDEF emphasizes the significance of President Tinubu’s decision and warns against any hasty action that might lead to the elimination or reduction of the Ministry’s importance. Such actions could result in unfavorable consequences for the region.

In an issued communique following an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of PANDEF, the organization acknowledges the essential role of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. It was established to focus on vital aspects such as infrastructural development, environmental preservation, and the empowerment of youth within the oil-rich Niger Delta region. This region continues to be significantly impacted by the oil and gas industry, playing a pivotal role in the national economy.

President Tinubu’s recent assignment of portfolios to 45 out of 48 appointed Ministers lacked the inclusion of a Minister for the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, which was established by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2008.

The communique, co-signed by PANDEF National Leader Chief Edwin Clark and National Chairman Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, underscores the necessity of maintaining critical institutions like the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. The communique cautions against any actions that may lead to the scrapping or undermining of such institutions, which have played a central role in fostering peace and development within the Niger Delta region.

PANDEF holds hope that the federal government will be well-advised on this matter. The organization reaffirms its commitment, alongside the region’s inhabitants, to ensuring enduring peace and stability for the greater benefit of the nation. This communique was issued and ratified at an Emergency Meeting in Abuja on the 18th of August, 2023.”

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