Pastor Umo Eno, the governor of AKWA Ibom State, praised President Bola Tinubu’s inclusive approach to administration.
Eno added that the President has showed excellent leadership outside of politics when he met yesterday with Abubakar Momoh, Minister of Niger Delta Development, in Uyo.
The governor, who recently refuted claims that he advocated speaking against the rulings of the election tribunal that upheld Tibubu’s election victory, called for greater coordination between the states in the region and the Ministry of Niger Development, reiterating his administration’s willingness to embrace such synergy for advancement.
I feel very delighted that you genuinely want to see for yourself the situation of our states, the people you will deal with, get to meet the governors, look beyond politics, and contemplate how to develop our various states in conjunction with the governors, he said the minister.
“I appreciate the President’s attitude and his commitment to inclusive governance. And the fact that this President is collaborating with individuals across party lines is a very positive strategy. There are representatives from various parties present, and you can watch his appointment.
“You could see what he was up to. Everyone should be carried along by him. I have always thought that a party is a platform for running for office to represent our people. Once God has given us the chance that only He can provide, the next step is to work together and help the community.
He bemoaned the lack of federal presence in Akwa Ibom despite its significant financial contributions to the country, and he advocated for regular meetings between the Ministry and the state governments of the area to discuss how to jointly address the region’s unique development needs and prevent conflicts and duplicity during project execution.
“I suggest that the Niger Delta Ministry, the Niger Delta Development Commission, the Government, and the Governors of the Niger Delta regions meet on a regular basis.
“If we hold that meeting on a regular basis, we will be able to collaborate with you, attend the meeting and debate matters as Niger Delta States, sit next to you, speak with one voice, and be able to understand the problems that the people are facing.
“We will be able to approach you for assistance, Mr. President, and you will be required to inform us of the things you can and cannot do. Collaborations between our states and the Niger Delta Ministry will be possible, he said.
Momoh, the Minister of Niger Delta Development, stated that the goal of his trip to the area as part of his tour was to work with the state governors to gain support from the federal government to hasten development in the area.
Momoh emphasized the need to eliminate all forms of counterproductive power plays and conflicts to make place for necessary cooperation and collaborations to address the common problems. He listed insecurity and a lack of infrastructure as the region’s biggest challenges.