From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has promised to relocate the Niger Delta Affairs ministry to the zone if elected president in the 2023 general elections.
Atiku, who made the promise, on Friday, at an interactive session with the business community, in Abuja, decried the level of development in the Niger Delta.
The PDP candidate noted that as president, he would ensure that the Niger Delta Affairs ministry lives up to its expectation of developing the region. Atiku stated that when he proposed the creation of Niger Delta Ministry, as presidential candidate in the 2007, the
idea was the ministry to be situated in any part of the Niger Delta.
According to him, “in my proposal I said the ministry should be situated in the Niger Delta. Whether it is Port Harcourt or any other place. The responsibility is to develop the infrastructure and human capital and so on of the Niger Delta.
“What has happened? The ministry of the Niger Delta has been created; billions of monies has been allocated to it. Where is the monies going to, into pockets. If I am elected the ministry of Niger Delta will be in the Niger Delta. I will make sure the ministry develop all the infrastructure, education institutions are fully equipped and well funded.”
Atiku also promised that that if elected president, he would give premium to women empowerment, noting that the empowerment of women is critical to increased prosperity.
“if we are serious about increased prosperity, then we must increase empowerment of women.
“If we are to recover Nigeria from its current mess that the APC has put us through, then we must begin that recovery from the demography that is most hit by the failure of the APC, which are the women and youth.
“The records are there to compare the performance of the PDP and the APC and the upcoming election should be a referendum on the performance of the APC.
“Nigerians have had a taste of the two parties, and I am not saying this for myself, but we should be proud of the records that the PDP offered,” Atiku said.