The leadership of Ijaw nationality in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Delta State has passed a confidence vote on the leadership of Dr Ibe Kachikwu, who is Minister for State, Petroleum.
President Muhammadu Buhari, was in the same vein, congratulated on his reelection as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The decisions were contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of Delta State Ijaw Apc/ Ex-militants held at Akugbene Townhall, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State on 17th April, 2019.
According to them, ”for us, Delta Ijaw APC in collaboration with the Ex-militants, the benefits we have derived from the President’s appointment of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu as the Minister of State for Petroleum cannot be exhausted. In his capacity as the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu was a strong force in the establishment of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom. A singular event that was instrumental to the massive restoration of peace, the reduction of youth restiveness and social vices, while also revamping the economy of the state.”
They posited that, ”The Honourable Minister who is well grounded and knowledgeable with the oil sector also embarked on other measure aimed at actively engaging and empowering the Youths of Niger Delta by ensuring that licences were given for ten modular Refineries to be built in Niger Delta areas. The purpose is to create jobs and put a stop to illegal refining thereby boosting the economy. Under Dr. Ibe Kachikwu as Minister of State for Petroleum, queues in our Filling Stations are no more as Products are readily available. He achieved this through accountability and transparency that has been lacking in the affairs of this very important Sector of the Nigerian economy.”
Furthermore, ”Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s tenure as Minister of State of Petroleum Resources has also witnessed an increase in the production of oil as he was able to quell the agitations of the Niger Delta Avengers thereby minimizing attacks on Oil installations across the Niger Delta region. Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, as a card carrying member of APC has also not been relenting in his desire to ensure that the party colours are flying fully in all states of the Federation.”
”We are mindful of his contributions towards the progress of the party and the various moves he made to ensure that the APC in Delta State, though drawn apart by factions, still approached the elections as a united house. It is in line with these, amongst others that we, the APC card –carrying members that cuts across the Ijaw speaking LGAs of Delta South under the leadership of the LGA Chairmen of both factions and the Ex-militants resolved to pass a vote of confidence on Dr. Ibe Kachikwu on his achievements in the oil and gas industry.” They added.
They, however, appealed to the President to re-engage Kachikwu in a higher capacity since he has distinguished himself as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources to Consolidate on his laudable achievements in line with the Next Level Agenda.
Meanwhile, the congratulated the President, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on his well-deserved victory at the February 23, 2019 Presidential polls adding that it is their strong believe that Buhari deserve the second tenure to enable him consolidate on his various people oriented policies and programmes that has immensely affected the youths of Nigeria and Niger Delta in particular.
”It is in pursuance of these people oriented programmes such as the N-Power that we are confident that your re-election will further expand the fortunes of the youths of our state. We, therefore use this medium to reassure you of our unalloyed support to enable you take the Nation in general and Delta State in particular to the next level. We want to use this medium to warn against ethnic campaign and those trying everything possible to blackmail Honourable minister for the good works done to uplift the performances of this present administration.” They stressed.