- The minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio celebrated his 59th on Thursday, December 9
- To honour the minister, the National Youth Council of Nigeria on Friday, December 10 organised a birthday lecture to celebrate Akpabio
- The council also declared that Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, is the best Niger Delta minister ever in the history of Nigeria
FCT, Abuja - Nigerian youths under the aegis of National Youth Council of Nigeria on Friday, December 10 in Abuja organised a birthday lecture in honour of the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
In his welcome address at the event, the president of National Youth Council of Nigeria, Solomon Adodo extolled the sterling qualities and leadership of Senator Akpabio, praying God to grant him health, wisdom more years of service to Nigeria and humanity at large.
“Today we are here to honour a great man who has brought the much needed calm and progress to the Niger Delta region and the ministry of Niger Delta affairs within a short period of time. It is our prayer that God will continue to be with him in the discharge of his duties.”
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Earlier, the guest speaker at the lecture, Dr Orusa Thompson Ibikeremo lauded the revolution and reforms in the Niger Delta under Akpabio's administration, describing him as a worthy son of the Niger Delta.
“The Niger Delta ministry has been blessed with the best minister since its inception as previous administrations were only interested in milking the region dry and profiteering from the allocations meant to benefit the region.
“The forensic audits conducted by the ministry of Niger Delta affairs helped to clear a lot of issues that had hitherto plagued the region and made it a flashpoint of violence and protests. The level of rot and decay was unimaginable and intolerable for any sane society.”
In their parley with journalists after the lecture, the youths lauded the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari in ensuring that the Niger Delta region reclaims its glory amongst other regions and the nation at large.
“We are pleased with the choice of Godswill Akpabio, a seasoned administrator and politician with an impeccable track record as the minister of Niger Delta affairs and the reforms he has introduced.
“He has transformed the ministry and we are happy to identify with him. We are equally pleased with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for appointing the very best brain in the region to salvage the rot that bedevilled the region.”
Akpabio visits APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
Recall that Senator Akpabio, on Thursday, November 25 visited All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The minister made this known in a post on his Facebook page on Friday, November 26 where he wrote:
“I was at the residence of the leader of our great party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, on a condolence visit over the recent building collapse in Lagos, where several Nigerians lost their lives. I prayed for the repose of the souls of those who died in the unfortunate incident.”
APC chieftain asks Bola Tinubu to contest for presidency in 2023
Meanwhile, Senator Ganiyu Olarenwaju Solomon has joined other associates of Tinubu to ask the former Lagos state governor to join the 2023 presidential race.
Senator Solomon made his stance known while speaking to Legit.ng on the sidelines of a recent event hosted by the Tinubu Support Group in Abuja.
He said Tinubu's relationship with various individuals and groups across the country is enough for him to clinch the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket.