The decision of the Ministry of Niger Delta to put on hold the ongoing recruitment exercise into the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has been commended.
In a statement by the Godswill Akpabio Loyalists and Supporters (GOALS), the group commended the Hon Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio for “stopping the underhand recruitment exercise in the Commission”, asserting that the action is a confirmation that the Minister and Ministry understand what used to be the practice in the past and are prepared to bring about needed reforms.
According to the statement signed by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Comrade Mfon Patrick and made available to newsmen, “let me, on behalf of the teeming supporters of Senator Akpabio in the Niger Delta region, thank our dear leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, for making the right and best choice for the headship of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in person of Senator Akpabio.
“This is a confirmation that Mr President has the interest and development of the people of the Niger Delta region at heart. This is the first time that the progress and development of the Niger Delta Region are being put in the hands of its people,” the release added.
The group stated further that “Senator Akpabio and his team, therefore, have no reasons to fail because of Akpabio’s track record as a two- term governor of Akwa Ibom State, which earned him the appellation; THE UNCOMMON TRANSFORMER.”
The group lauded the various actions so far taken by the leadership of the Ministry, particularly, the recent suspension of the clandestine recruitments into the Commission.
“Let me, once again, onbehalf of the peaceful and progress loving people of the Niger Delta region, commend the Hon Minister for this landmark decision which would, go a long way to correcting any lopsided recruitment into the Commission.
“By this action, the hope of over 500 casual workers, getting permanent appointments despite working in the Commission for over 10 years without consideration for permanent appointments, would be addressed”, the group noted.