01 October 2016, Lagos – Some stakeholders in Delta, Bayelsa and Cross River states rose in support of the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, saying that he was eminently qualified to summon a meeting of Niger Deltans to discuss any issue, as he did, last Saturday, while others still maintained that Amaechi has no such powers.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central senatorial district in the Senate, said: “Absolutely, he (Amaechi) has my support and commendation. But for a prior commitment that took almost all the southern senators to Enugu on the same date, we would have attended the meeting.
“Amaechi knows the terrain and the challenges we face as a region having served as a governor and currently a ‘key man’ in this administration. Rather than vilify him, he should be commended and encouraged.”
Former Secretary-General of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Chief Frank Kokori, who attended the meeting, said: “We went for the meeting which had all the major actors in the Niger Delta present, apart from Chief Clark and some persons from his inner caucus.