The just inaugurated Minister, Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio was caught saying the following after his inauguration into the Pres. Buhari’s cabinet.
The Senator who has enjoyed so much support from Nigerians but lost his Senatorial Seat to PDP candidate, Engr, Chris Ekpeyong in the just concluded general elections.
Sen. Akpabio is one the Ministers Nigerians are watching to see his performances.
The newly appointed Minister of Niger Delta Affairs has pledged his commitment to effective development in the Niger Delta region, especially in the areas of infrastructure.
In his speech, Sen. Godswill Akpabio pledged to bring in the same spirit he used in developing his State when he the Governor into the Ministry he is heading.
“Of course you know why this ministry was set up, specifically that region would have been like a golden egg but has been neglected for long.”
“If not because we’re just coming for the first time, I would have asked for your achievements so far, especially in the areas of construction of bridges, employment and others.”
“Being a Niger Delta person, I will ensure that things are better for further and effective development of the region.”
“So the President is looking forward to commissioning a lot of projects in the Niger Delta region. “I believe the Niger Delta region and its people, they are looking forward to the alleviation of poverty in their lives and transformation of infrastructure,”
Peace can only be achieved when the people are satisfied with positive performance, if people do not feel your impact, there is no way peace will be maintained in that region.” He said.
Also speaking, was the permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, who assured the Minister that the staff of the ministry were non-partisan seasoned civil servants fully determined to ensure success.
“I assure you that we will work to uphold the wisdom, excellence and good reputation of the Public Service and always promote the principles of good governance.
“As the political heads of the ministry, the direction rests on you and we have no doubt in our minds that with both of you providing the requisite political leadership, the narrative about the Niger Delta region will change for the better.
“I also pledge our commitment to the actualization of the vision and mandate of the ministry. “We would be an effective and efficient workforce; working with you to strategise on the formulation and execution of the best policies, programs and projects that would address the challenges in the Niger Delta Region.
“These include, but not limited to infrastructure development, environmental degradation, poverty alleviation, entrepreneurship, job creation, unemployment and security, among others.”
However, The Permanent Secretary proposed a retreat with the Minister, to enable them interface with top management in setting policy agenda for the ministry.