By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—NIGER Delta activist, Mr Paul Bebenimibo, yesterday, lamented that the ministers appointed from the region by President Goodluck Jonathan, were not truthful to the President as regards developmental projects in the area.
He admonished the President to assess critically, the performance of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe and the Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, particularly as regards the growth of the Niger Delta and if found wanting, they should be sacked.
Bebenimibo, who noted that more efforts were made when President Umaru Yar’Adua was alive to implement the Niger Delta Master plan than “now that we have a South-South man as President,” attributed the lapses to what he described as the failure on the part of ministers from the zone to contribute their quota and inform the President on the true position of things.
He said: “People of the Niger Delta are still suffering and that is capable of resurrecting insurgency. We are aware that Mr. President cannot do it all, but he has a Minister of Niger Delta Affairs who does not tell him the truth, particularly as regards the East-West Road. Our people are not happy with the performance of Mr President as it has to do with the East-West Road.
“That road was awarded during the President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime and up till date, nothing had been done to improve it.”