– Rumours of an alleged rift between the minister of state for petroleum resources and Godswill Akpabio has been dismissed
– Timipre Sylva in a statement described the report that he was at war with Akpabio over the formation of the NDDC board as false
– According to Sylva, claims of all not being well is a string of poorly crafted lies that should be totally disregarded
Port Harcourt, Rivers state – Timipre Sylva has dismissed claims by Bayelsa state traditional rulers that he was at war with Senator Godswill Akpabio over the formation of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board.
The Nation reports that seven traditional rulers had alleged that Sylva made moves to boost the minister of Niger Delta Affairs’ nomination of Elder Denyanbofa Dimaro as the substantive managing director of the NDDC.
Describing the recent reports as false, the minister of state for petroleum resources in a statement signed on Tuesday, June 8, by his special adviser, media and public affairs, Julius Bokoru, stated that there is no rift between himself and Akpabio.
According to Sylva, the report that he was trying to cut the chances of certain individuals from heading the agency was a string of poorly thought-out and poorly crafted lies that should be totally disregarded and discarded, The Guardian added.
Bokoru went on to note that Sylva maintains excellent relations with Akpabio, adding that they consider themselves brothers and comrades in the quest of building a more prosperous Niger Delta.
South-south youths shut NDDC office
Meanwhile, youths of south-south extraction, specifically from the Ijaw part of Bayelsa went overboard with the alleged refusal of the federal government to inaugurate a substantive board of the NDDC.
On the platform of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) on Wednesday, May 26, the protesters shut down the state’s office of the commission during a massive protest.
Not only that, the youths waved the flags of IYC, and stood against traffic along the east-west road, causing serious fears among motorists, pedestrians, and commuters.