The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has insisted that the Federal Government is committed to repositioning the Niger Delta region to make it very attractive to foreign investors.
Godswill, who disclosed this as he welcomed the Akwa-Ibom ex-agitators who paid him a courtesy call in Abuja, revealed that Buhari’s administration was ready to set a standard by establishing industrial areas in the region.
He begged the youths in the area to try to get involved in several economic activities by setting up palm oil factories with modern facilities, investing in garment industries and agricultural production for exports through the Post Amnesty Initiative (PAI).
Akpabio vowed to reposition the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by making life easier for the people of the region.
According to him, he would not be discouraged by the campaign of calumny by some faceless individuals who had benefited over the years from the NDDC.
He added that a lot of cash has been handed over to the NDDC but there is nothing to show for the investment in the Commission and the region as a whole.
Do you believe his promises?
Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON (born 9 December 1962), is a Nigerian lawyer and politician. He is the current Minister of Niger Delta, a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Senate’s Minority Leader. He also served as Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015.
Godswill Akpabio is the son of Chief Obot Akpabio and Madam Lucy Obot Akpabio (née Inyangetor) of Ukana, Ikot Ntuen in Essien Udim Local Government Area. He was born on 9 December 1962. He lost his father early in life and was raised by his mother.
Akpabio was educated at Methodist Primary School, Ukana, Essien Udim LGA, Akwa Ibom State; the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; and the University of Calabar, Cross River State, where he obtained a Degree in Law.
Godswill Akpabio’s grandfather, Okuku Udo Akpabio, was the Warrant Chief in Ikot Ekpene province. His uncle, Dr. I. U. Akpabio, was the Minister of Education/Internal Affairs in the then Eastern Nigeria. Justice Nsima Akpabio, his cousin, was a senator in the Second Nigerian Republic.
In 2015, he contested and won the Senate seat of the Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District to represent the district in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Running under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he polled 422,009 of the 439,449 to defeat Chief Inibehe Okorie of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who recorded 15, 152 votes to be declared elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).