WHY IGEDE YOUTHS VISIT BUHARI’S MINISTER
IGEDE YOUTHS PAY COURTESY CALL ON BUHARI’S MINISTER, COMMEND GOVERNMENT AND MAKE NEW REQUESTS
By Smith Akoko | September 7, 2021
In Abuja today, Igede Youth Council’s delegation, led by their President, Comrade Andyson Iji Egbodo, met with the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu on a courtesy call in his office.
The Council commended the minister’s quick response to their distress call on the outbreak of a strange water-borne disease that reportedly killed about 273 Igede people at Oye-Obi and other riverine communities in Obi and Oju LGAs of Benue State, spanning the first quarter of 2020.
Noting that the story would have been worse had the minister not acted that swiftly, the minister’s guests said his handling of the office is demonstrative of commitment to President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive for positive change in the public sector and confessed that their faith in Nigeria is renewed by Adamu’s leadership qualities.
In part, Andyson addressed the minister thus: “May we also convey the gratitude of the entire Igede people across the globe to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Ministry of Water Resources, particularly under your kind control for the four motorized boreholes that helped to nip the killer water-borne disease in the bud.
“Very importantly, sir, we would like to further appreciate you for granting us audience within a very short time of request for a courtesy call on you. This open-door policy which is rarely applied in modern leadership, in addition to your personal receptiveness, has crystallized your commitment to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive for change in the public sector.
“It is worthy of note that you spent no time to create new frontiers in the management of Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority on assumption of duty in 2015 which has largely repositioned the Authority. Your sterling leadership qualities have also been fully demonstrated in the area of flood control particularly in Benue State.
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“The uncountable interventions of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources across the country in water-related challenges in the last six years are worthy of commendation. You have broken the jinx of the past administrations in Nigeria which lacked the political will to advance sound policies and programmes to tackle the perennial problems head on.
“Please, permit us to place on record that our faith, as youth leaders in Nigeria, is renewed by the quality of service delivery of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources under your leadership. It clearly shows that this government is indeed of the people, even down to rural areas.
“Meanwhile, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that as the third largest ethnic group in Benue State, Igede is not occupying any position in the senior cadre of the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority, neither is any Igede man on the board of the agency. We, therefore, humbly request that we be considered for appointments into these categories.
“In the same vein, we would like to request for five additional motorized boreholes for the other communities that are facing the risk of such outbreak as the killer water-borne disease in Oye-Obi and environs.”
In his response, the Honourable Minister appreciated the visit by the socio-cultural organization and promised to look into the Council’s requests and get back to them through the Director of the Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs Alice Ojowu.
Source: Smith Akoko, writer, teacher and social activist.