Women, youth groups back NDDC appointees in Cross River

Women and youth groups in Cross River State have given their support to the appointments into the new board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), made by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The groups include Youth Alliance in Cross River led by Comrade Ekpenyong Akiba, Buhari Youth Organization led by Prince Clement Etim Asanya, Women in Focus led by Hon Vivian Umo Edem, Southern Cross River Youth Liberation led by Elder Abednego Okon, G7 led by Edem Bassey, and National youth Council of Nigeria Bakassi Local Government led by Asuquo Nyong Etim.

In a resolution from an emergency meeting in Calabar yesterday, they said, “We wish to very strongly state in clear terms without any equivocation our total support to our newly appointed Commissioner representing Cross River State in the person of the indefatigable Sir Maurice Effiwatt  and by extension also specially congratulate others who have been nominated by our Dear President His Excellency Muhamadu Buhari GCFR.

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“We distance ourselves from the recent submissions and objections by some stakeholders in the Niger Delta region in their argument amongst others that the procedure employed for the dissolution and appointment of the new board lies in bad taste and that they were not being consulted.

“We make bold to say that we don’t share in these views and sentiments, the appointments as composed is apt and in order, suffice to say that the procedural processes in the constitution of the board of Niger Delta Development Commission is not cast in stone and so can be upturned by the highest public office holder in the country

“We pledge our loyalty t o the President of the Federal Republic and our believe in the newly inaugurated ministers of Niger Delta ministry.”

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