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Nyesome Wike, a dependable ally, Niger Delta group tells Tinubu

The Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress, NDYCPP, has urged President Bola Tinubu to draw closer to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike describing him as a dependable ally of the President and his Renewed Hope Agenda.

The group which met the weekend in Yenagoa lauded the minister for his untiring commitment towards changing the face of the Federal Capital Territory especially the implementation of the Abuja master plan.

NDYCPP in a statement signed by its National President, Pastor Teidor Olayinka and others, stated: “We have taken our time to assess the Tinubu cabinet from when it was constituted till date and come to the unequivocal assertion that Wike towers above all, notwithstanding his numerous political fights, both from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and his home state, Rivers State.

“Wike’s avid commitment in spreading the dividends of the Renewed Hope Agenda of Mr. President can be attested to, even by his critics. The speed with which he is carrying out projects and programmes in the Federal Capital Territory that is touching the lives of the people positively is clear and he is a proven political ally of Mr. President. He is also bringing out components of the Abuja Master plan that were hitherto unknown to the public and as well implementing them accordingly.”

It added: “the minister is also a detribalized person and helped to influence the appointment and employment of a lot of qualified Niger Delta sons and daughters into sensitive positions; irrespective of tribe, creed and political cleavages.”

While appreciating the President efforts in spreading development to every part of the country, especially the Niger Delta, through interventionist agencies like the NDDC, the group however noted with concern what it described as the noticeable bureaucratic bottlenecks in the wheel of progress at the commission, especially the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy.

This, according to the group, is adversely affecting the commission’s effort in carrying out projects and programmes at record timelines.

It, therefore, pleaded with Mr.President to take a second look at the policy as it relates to the NDDC and make necessary adjustments with a view to freeing up funds for massive developmental projects.

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