Akpakip Oro Patriotic League, a prominent youth group in Oro Nation, Akwa Ibom State’s third largest ethnic group, has risen in support of the nomination of Mr. Nsima Ekere as the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Mr. Samuel Frank as the Commissioner representing the state in the commission.
The latest goodwill message to President Muhammadu Buhari on the nomination by the youth group is coming on the heels of earlier ones by the Council of Oro Traditional Rulers and Esu Nlap Oro, the apex traditional and youth institutions of the Oro.
In the message signed by its President, Comrade Iniobong Edmond, Secretary-General, Prince John Anwana Ikott, and three other officials, Comrade Emmanuel Nduonyi, Mr. Victor Effiong Onomo and Mr. Eteka Edet Ulo, Akpakip Oro Patriotic League described the two nominees as men of integrity who were certain to utilize the opportunity of their membership of the NDDC Board for the development of the Niger Delta as a whole and Akwa Ibom State in particular.
The group, which membership is drawn from the five Local Government Areas of Oro Nation, hailed Mr. Ekere as a seasoned administrator with sincerity of purpose, pedigree and passion for development.
It appealed to President Buhari to appoint more Akwa Ibom indigenes, especially of Oro extraction, into prominent positions, to reflect Oro’s status as the third largest ethnic group in the state.
The group commended the President’s strides in fighting corruption, insecurity and unemployment in the country.