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6 Jun 2018

Ibe Kachikwu Is A Floating Minister Says Edwin Clark

Top Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark has called on the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Ibe Kachikwu to fight for his rightful place in the Ministry of Petroleum, saying that at the moment he was a floating Minister with his duties and functions allegedly hijacked by the Group Managing Director, GMD, of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Chief Clark who spoke Wednesday at his Kiagbodo residence in Delta state said Kachikwu should be mindful not to go down in history as the most sidelined Minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, assuring that the region would stand by him if he chose to put his feet on his ground.

“The Minister of State for Petroleum is floating, he hardly finds job to do. If contracts can be awarded without him and approved by Mr President then what is his business as Minister.

His job has been taken over by the GMD of NNPC. The Minister should stay behind, he should not resign. He should fight for his rights. He was number two man in Mobil and could have been number one if he had not been appointed Minister.

A situation where the GMD of NNPC awards contract and the tender board reports to him (GMD) and he in turns gets access to Mr President for approval of the contracts, tells you that Mr Kachikwu is a floating Minister who should fight for his rightful place”, he said.

Clark who said he was peeved by the alleged marginalization of the South south region in federal employment, road construction and other key development projects of the government called on President Buhari to take urgent steps to redress the alleged injustice against the region, stressing that his failure could provoke another round of crisis

“Inspite of the neglect we suffer and the unnecessary provocation, the people of the Niger Delta region remained committed to unity and oneness of Nigeria because we believe in the cooperate existence of our great country, Nigeria. We are not asking for too much, all we are saying is that our people should maximally benefit from the resources from their land.

We therefore call on Mr President to without delay , redirect a correction of the various imbalances of these very sensitive issues in the interest of equity, fairness and peace , if we fail to provide rational and realistic interventions we leave room for decadents to further devise trajectories for unorthodox alterations “, he warned.

Chief Clark who is the leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, lamented that only one out of the 16 demands made by the region on the federal government had been met, noting that the government had allegedly almost abandoned the East West road project.

“ The 16 point agenda which we submitted to Mr President is yet to be properly addressed. The only tangible item that has been attended to is the take off of the Maritime University , Okerenkoko in Delta state.

Our request such as setting up of joint negotiating team for sustainable peace, relocation of oil companies back to the area, allocation of oil bloc to our communities, greater participation in the industry , the appointment of our sons and daughters, setting of modular refineries are all totally neglected or being addressed with unfulfilled promises “, he said.

“Even our legacy East West road remains treated with levity. As we speak nothing is happening on that critical road , ten years after its take off”, he added. Chief Clark also recalled that federal government budgets had been in trillions , asking that the government should in “ truth and good conscience tell us how much of this mammoth sum came to fund projects in the Niger delta. Is this fair, just and equitable”, he queried .

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