The newly appointed Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Festus Keyamo resumed work at the ministry immediately after the inauguration of the ministers, Wednesday, with the promise to leave huge footprints in the development of the Niger Delta region.
At the reception organised by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack and management staff in Abuja, the ministers stated their readiness to address the developmental needs of the Niger Delta region.
Akpabio, stated that being from the Niger Delta region, developmental challenges like capacity building, inadequate infrastructure, poverty alleviation, youth restiveness, entrepreneurship, environmental degradation, amongst others, will be tackled head-on as he was not unaware of how these challenges negatively affected people of the region.
In his remarks, Minister of State, Mr Festus Keyamo thanked staff of the Ministry for the warm reception accorded them and pledged to give his best in boosting the confidence imposed in him through their appointment. He expressed his eagerness to get to work.
The Perm Sec, Mrs Walson-Jack expressed confidence that the appointment of the new ministers would change the narrative of the Niger Delta region. She also pledged the commitment of management and staff to the actualization of the vision of the present administration as well as the formulation and execution of policies, projects and programmes geared towards addressing the challenges of the region.