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BREAKING: IYC tackles senator for opposing nomination of Niger Delta indigene as head of oil and gas agency

The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Worldwide has tackled Senator Suleiman Kawu for kicking against the nomination of Mr Oluwole Adama as the Executive Director, Midstream and Downstream Gas Infrastructure Fund, MDGIF, Governing Council.

Adams was nominated by President Bola Tinubu.

The IYC also called on the immediate past Executive Director of the Council, Mansur Kuliya Alkali, to stop parading himself as the holder of the position despite his removal by the President.

The Secretary-General of the IYC Worldwide, Maobuye Nangi Obu, in a statement on Monday, faulted Kawu for opposing the President’s nomination.

Tinubu in a recent letter to the Senate requested the lawmakers to confirm Adama as the new boss of the MDGIF Governing Council.

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But when the letter was read by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, Kawu, a Senator from Kano, faulted the nomination.

The IYC scribe in the statement described the actions of Alkali and Senator Kawu as an affront to the powers of the President, saying they were capable of instigating unrest in the country.

The youth leader insisted that the removal and appointment of any public office holder remained the prerogative of the President and within his constitutional powers.

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He said Tinubu’s nomination of Adama, who hails from the Niger Delta, showed that the President understood the issues of marginalization of the region in the oil and gas sector and was willing to address the imbalance.

Obu alleged that the simple reason Kawu was opposing the nomination was because he did not want anybody from the Niger Delta to hold such position.

He said: “It has come to our knowledge that a certain Mansur Kuliya Alkali is still parading himself as the Executive Director, Midstream and Downstream Gas Infrastructure Fund (MDGIF) Governing Council.

“This development is coming even when President Bola Tinubu has made a fresh nomination into that office.

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“We have also heard the agitation of a Senator from Kano, Suleiman Kawu, kicking against the issue. These are all very misplaced actions and we condemn it as people of the Niger Delta.

“We call on security agencies to call Alkali to order. We also call on the Senate not to be intimidated but to confirm Adama as requested by the President and Commander in Chief. This new nomination will go a long way to assuage the feeling of people of the region.”

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