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Ignore protest against Koinyan’s nomination, Group urges Yar’Adua

By Emma Arubi
WARRI—A pressure group, National Radical Campaign for Good Governance, has called on President Umaru Yar’ Adua and the Senate to disregard any protest against the nomination of Air Vice Marshal Larry Koinyan as the new helmsman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The group made the call in a statement in Warri yesterday and described the protest by some youths from Bayelsa State as frivolous and sponsored by failed aspirants to the position for selfish reasons.

In the statement titled: “No better Chairman than Larry Koinyan for NDDC” and signed by Mr. Richard Akassa, President and Mr. Solomon Durus, Media Director, the group also commended President Yar’ Adua and Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for nominating Pastor Power Aghinighan as the Executive DirectorFinance/Administration of the commission and Mr. Emmanuel Ogidi as Delta State Commissioner on the NDDC board.

It warned youths in Bayelsa State not to allow themselves to be used by rich men to further create problems in the region unnecessarily, noting that Larry Koinyan was a bonafide Ijaw son and a Niger Deltan of repute whose alleged failings in the defunct DFRRI could be traced to the faulty administration of that time.

The group added that his past failures at DFRRI was a human error everyone was subjected to and could be corrected, and stressed that he had never been indicted for any offence.

It called on Aghininghan and Ogidi to bring their wealth of experience to bear in their current positions, explaining that their appointment was a result of their fantastic track records, steadfastness, dedication to duties and commitment to the rapid growth and even development of the Niger Delta.

While charging them to ensure that peace was restored to the embattled region in good time, the group appealed to the senate to expedite their screening to set the stage for the rapid and massive development of the entire region.


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