- Senator Akpabio has been asked to concentrate on his duty as a minister for Niger Delta affairs
- A group, SIPBD, told the minister to ignore all criticisms against him
- The former governor of Akwa Ibom was said to have been attacked verbally by a section of Niger Delta group
The Standard Initiative for Peace Building Development (SIPBD) has advised the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, not to be distracted by the people's criticisms and campaign of calumny against him in discharging his duties.
Daily Trust reports that the advice was given at the wake of criticisms by a section of the Niger Delta group against the minister.
Speaking on Tuesday, October 8, in Abuja, the spokesperson of the group, Bishop Afred Etuk, commended Akpabio for his timely intervention on the issue of payment of the water hyacinth involving the youth in the region and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
He said those castigating Akpabio were paid to do so, adding that the critics were not aware of what the former governor of Akwa Ibom state did to resolve the crisis.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Akpabio said the NDDC has not performed well since it was established. He said the commission is owing over N2 trillion.
“I know as for now in terms of debt, NDDC is owing over N2 trillion, some of them are real, some are imagined, but the problem we are having is that you won’t know the ones that are real when they are mixed with the ones that are political, and the result is that someone who took a loan to do a real job for NDDC probably may have died, leaving the family in penury," he said.
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