By Kingsley Adegboye
A non-governmental organisation,Â Dr. Goodluck Jonathan Forum for Global Peace, yesterday scored the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs low in the discharge of its mandate in the region.
The group said the performance of the ministry under the leadership of the former minister, Chief Ufot Ekaette, negated the essence and spirit of the creation of the ministry by President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua.
The NGO blamed the latest security breaches in the region, especially the bomb blasts in Warri, on the ineffectiveness of the former helmsman of the ministry.
The National President of the group, Tamaraudoubra Zimughan, reviewed the performance of the ministry during a courtesy call on the management of a Warri-based indigenous dredging company, El-Markem Ventures Limited, last Monday.
It will be recalled that the NGO had spearheaded the struggle to rectify alleged injustice meted out to the company in the award of the Kurutie Reclamation/Shore Protection projectin Warri South West local governmentv area of Delta State, to a company with northern interest by the ministry after El-Markem in partnership with ECA of America had won the bids, based on technical capability and cost effectiveness.
The team was received and briefed by two directors of the company, Dr. Randy Zimughan and Mr. Johnson Ugolo.
Ugolo asked the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to appoint a competent and qualified person to head the ministry in the yet-to-be re-constituted cabinet, adding that the actions of Ekaette did not show that he had the interest of the region at heart.
Ugolo said the failure of the ministry to perform was responsible for the unending crisis in the region, adding that the award of the Kurutie project to an indigenous company would have addressed the menace of youth unemployment and