By Dave Okpogadie, Asaba
Ijaw Youth Council has called on the newly sworn-in minister of state for petroleum, Mr. Timipre Sylva to immediately commence the process of healing the wounds that have bedeviled the Niger Delta region.
In a press release Wednesday signed and made available to journalists by the president Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq., the IYC tasked the Petroleum minister to strive hard and bring the people closer to the government.
Said he: “We advice the new Petroleum minister who is a product of the Niger Delta Struggle to commence with the process of healing the wounds by bringing the government closer to the people”.
While commending President MuhammaduBuhari for the choice of the Bayelsa State former governor as the minister of state for Petroleum, Oweilaemi said the Ijaw nation received the portfolio with joy.
The IYC president has lauded Buhari for seeing Silver as worthy to occupy the sit.
In his words, “The position of the minister of state for Petroleum given to the only Ijaw minister in the Buharicabinet is a welcome development.
“IYC commends President Mohammadu Buhari for the gesture. Indeed, he has proven to be President with listening ears. The Ijaw nation is very happy with our president for this kind gesture”.
Congratulating Sylva on his appointment, the IYC leader expressed hope that the minister would bring his wealth of knowledge to bear in his new office.
“We use this medium to also congratulate His Excellency, Chief Timipre Sylva for being appointed as a Minister of State for Petroleum. With his wealth of experience in public office, we have no doubt that he will deliver in his ministry.
“We are also certain that Sylva will use his position to build bridges in the Niger Delta for the sustenance of the existing peace”, Oweilaemi, said.