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Group calls for Ekaette’s removal

WARRI—THE Warri-Ijaw Peace Monitoring Group (WIPMG) has called for the removal from office of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Ufot Ekaette, due to alleged disappointing performance and failure to work amicably with his colleague, Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe. The group also insisted that Chief Ekaette should go to enable peace to reign in the Niger Delta and for the post–amnesty programme of the Federal Government to succeed.

The group, in an online statement, yesterday, signed by its chairman, Chief Patrick Bigha said, “Sequel to recent developments in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, such as the unsatisfactory performance of the Minister of the Ministry, Chief Ufot Ekaette, as observed by the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta and the controversy surrounding the award of the Kurutie shoreline protection contract, we hereby call for the removal of Chief Ufot Ekaette as Minister.”

According to WIPMG, “It could be recalled that the House Committee on Niger Delta was not happy with the minister when he appeared before it to defend the 2010 budget because the ministry has not executed a single project after one year of its establishment.

The minister was accused of spending a huge sum of money on only design of projects and consultancy, which is not acceptable to the members of the committee.

“The minister is high-handed and has denied the Minister of State in the Ministry, Elder Godsday Orubebe, the opportunity to carry out his duty,” it added.

According to the group, “Ufot Ekaette should know that the ministry was created following the agitation of the Niger -Delta youths. Therefore, it is the property of the people of the Niger- Delta and not his private firm.

We would no longer tolerate his incompetence in the discharge of his duty, hence he must be removed as the minister. This is a man that spent eight years as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) without impacting on the people of the Niger- Delta.

No wonder, majority of Niger Deltans were initially against his appointment as minister of the ministry, now he has proved himself unworthy to be the minister of the ministry”.


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