The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has stated that indigenes of Niger Delta region were not adequately treated for employment into the Federal Ministry of Environment and its agencies, such as National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and National Environmental Standards Regulatory and Environment Agency.
Pastor Usani disclosed this during a courtesy visit to his office by the delegation of the Federal Character Commission’s Committee on Environment, led by Chief Emmanuel Ebimami, JP on Tuesday.
The Minister called on the Federal Character Commission (FCC), to exercise its constitutional powers towards ensuring that indigenes of Niger Delta were not shortchanged in recruitment to federal government ministries, departments and agencies.
He also pledged a robust working relationship between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the federal character commission towards the fulfilment of the latter’s mandate.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Chief Emmanuel Ebimami, said the visit was necessitated by the need to acquaint the minister with the mandate of the Federal Character Commission, introduce the new members of the Committee on Environment, enlighten him on the principles, formulae and procedures for recruitment and also to discuss the level of the ministry’s compliance with the federal character commission’s guiding principles and formulae.
Chief Ebimami noted that one of the problems facing the country was unequal distribution of facilities among different groups in the country, which was part of the reasons for the setting up of the commission-to address such anomalies.
He urged the Minister to ensure his ministry’s compliance to the principle of Federal Character in all its dealings.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo, thanked the federal character commission officials, saying their coming had further opened the ministry’s eyes to what it should be doing.
He reiterated that the observed injustice to the Niger Delta indigenes, mentioned by the Honourable Minister, should be addressed by the commission.
Marshall H. Gundu
August 16, 2016.