The Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Magnus Ngei Abe, has commended the Niger Delta people for their support for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Senator Abe in an interview with NTA International, said that there was a growing level of support from the Niger Delta to the present administration as a result of the Buhari-led government engagement with the people of the region.
He stated that the visit of the Acting President to many parts of the region and the consequent visit, recently, by some elders of the region to the presidential villa, helped to add up to the high level of support from Niger Delta.
“So I think anybody who is aware of the level of engagement between the Niger Delta and the present administration will not be surprised to see the Niger Delta people coming out strongly in favour of this administration,” he said.
Senator Abe further disclosed that the present administration had introduced high level of transparency into the oil and gas sector, pointing out that debt totaling billions of naira, which were outstanding in the sector, had been cleared notwithstanding the economic recession.
He also said that the war on corruption had introduced discipline and financial accountability in our system, adding that there had been substantial progress in agriculture, which was presently creating opportunities that were making a new living for Nigerians.
“As we speak today, thousands if not millions of Nigerians are making a new living from the opportunities that are being offered in that sector of the economy,” he said, assuring Nigerians that even in the present difficult circumstance of recession that the APC-led government was offering Nigerians opportunities to improve their lives, not minding the propaganda of the opposition.
He further assured that the change mantra was working and called on Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunities.
Senator Abe said that Nigerians should understand the fact that the President, by writing to the National Assembly and handing over to the Vice President, had met every constitutional requirements and therefore did not need to protest, admitting, however, that protest was a part of democracy.
Speaking on restructuring, he said that Nigerians wanted changes that would make the system run more efficiently to deliver more in terms of quality of life, adding that the present system in the country was not delivering the maximum possible for the teaming number of Nigerians and that the APC had set up the committee on restructuring in line with their manifesto to ensure that the will of Nigerian people was respected.
On the Anambra APC gubernatorial primaries, Senator Abe assured that the party was working very hard to see that the primaries were transparent and democratic, pointing out that the nation expected a lot from APC.
He said: “The party is working very hard because they realize the eyes of Nigerians are on the APC to know what we are going to make of the challenges of internal democracy within the party.”
Furthermore, Abe said that the party had been managing their internal democracy to the satisfaction of their members citing the case of Kogi State where the party had over twenty aspirants which, he said, at the end of the day were hundred per cent satisfied with how the party handled the primaries.
In another development, Senator Abe said that he had tabled the case of the collapsed bridge at the Akpajo, Eleme, to two federal agencies, the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and assured that they were putting their heads together to rehabilitate the road.
Senator Abe who is the Chairman of Senate Committee on FERMA, sympathized with the people of the district on their anguish on the collapsed bridge which cut off the Rivers South East Senatorial District, which he represented, from the rest of the State.