Buhari, Niger Delta Stakeholders, Governors In Crucial Meeting (PHOTOS)

A crucial meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Niger Delta stakeholders is currently underway in Abuja.

Holding at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the meeting parades the crème de la crème in the Niger Delta region consisting of 9 States namely Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Edo, Cross Rivers, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Abia. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as well as governors of Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Cross River are in attendance.

President Buhari meets with Niger Delta stakeholders and Leaders in Statehouse on 1st Nov 2016

Also, the secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Engr. Lawal Babachair and a handful of other cabinet members are present. The Service Chiefs as well as a critical bunch from the National Assembly are also present. Amongst the stakeholders from Niger Delta included Chief Edwin Clarke, His Royal Majesty, Chief Diette Spiff, former governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, former governor of Akwa Ibom, Obong Victor Atta, Ankio Briggs, Alabo Graham Douglas, Timi Alaibe, Mr. Nduka Ogbegbena and a host of others.

However, former President Goodluck Jonathan, a frontline stakeholder from the region was not present at the meeting, so also Mujahid Dokubo-Asari and Tompolo.

However, it was not known whether they were invited to the meeting. It will be recalled that Niger Delta region had been in rife with untoward activities of militants which had greatly affected oil production, unarguably the mainstay of the nation’s economy.

It is expected that the meeting would discuss the issues and similar ones especially the bombing of oil and gas installations in the area as Journalists await the details.



Reps Summon Aviation Minister, Stakeholders Over Sack Of Staff By Virgin Atlantic

Following the recent retrenchment of staff of Virgin Atlantic Airline, the House of Representatives on Thursday summoned the Minister of State in charge of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and relevant stakeholders to appear before its Committees on Labour and Productivity and Aviation with the view of resolving the issue amicably.

The resolution followed the unanimous adoption of motion of urgent matter of public importance sponsored by the House Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on the matter at plenary on Thursday.

While moving the motion on the floor of the House, He said that it will be recalled that a motion was brought before the House to stop the said retrenchment which was referred to the committee on Aviation.

“The laws of this country must be respected, I pray that the Minister of Aviation appears before the committee on Labour and Employment with the relevant stakeholders, “Gbajabiamila said.

Minority leader of the House, Hon. Leo Ogor said that the matter was already been attended to and should not be debated as the committee on Aviation is already looking into the matter.

Before putting the question, the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara said that what the House feared to happen has already happened and that this motion has given the committee of Labour and Productivity a fresh mandate to look into the matter.

He said that the issue of unemployment should not be neglected adding that it has become a huge problem to the country.

The House adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

Credit: Leadership

Ministerial Slot: Ekiti APC Stakeholders Back Falana

Stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State have said that rights activist, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), is qualified for the office of minister based on his antecedents as advocate of good gover­nance and defender of hu­man rights.

The APC stakeholders from Ekiti South-West Council Area of the state, who threw their weight behind the nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari of Falana as min­ister, said appointment of the rights activist, who they described as a “com­pletely neutral person, is the best thing that can happen to the party in the state for now as the legal luminary would be in the best position to rally all factions for success in fu­ture elections”.

They described as “mis­chief makers”, those who wrote petitions to chal­lenge his nomination on grounds that he was not a card-carrying member of the party on Ekiti State.

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