APC chieftain, Nabena calls for relocation of NNPCL, NIMASA, NPA to N’Delta

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Yekini Nabena, has asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to approve relocation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to the Niger Delta region. 

The APC chieftain also said that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should be moved to Benue State where agricultural produce are in abundance to justify the plot to move party of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) out of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The federal government had indicated interest to move part of CBN and FAAN to Lagos State for efficiency of it activities. The development has however generated lot of debates in support and against, especially by the Northern elite and leaders.

Responding to the development through a statement, Wednesday in Abuja, Nabena said federal agencies are symbols of Nigerian unity and should not be played with.

The APC chieftain said: “If efficiency of these agencies is the main reason for plan to relocate them to Lagos State, we from the Niger Delta are also asking that the NNPCL, NIMASA, NPA and others will be more effective in either  Bayelsa, Rivers or Delta states. 

“In the same way, Federal Ministry of Mine and Steal should be moved to Kogi state where we have the Ajaokuta Steal for efficiency.

“I also believe that that the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment should either be relocated to Kano or Anambra states where trade is done in high proportion. In the same way, Federal Ministry of Agriculture should be taken to Benue State, the food basket of the Nation.”

According to Nabena, the issue of oil companies relocating to the oil-producing Niger Delta region had been debated severally in the Nigerian Senate with the companies not heeding to the calls.

“The Senate had asked International Oil Companies (IOCs) to relocate their headquarters to the Niger Delta region to fast-track the host communities economic development but some powerful interests in Lagos are preventing this for their selfish interests.”

The APC chieftain also expressed shock that the National Assembly is keeping quiet over some developments ongoing in the country, adding that the leadership of the 10th Assembly must tell Nigerian public where the Christmas money they shared came from.

He said: “Nigeria is been looted within six months of this government and the National Assembly is keeping quiet as if nothing is happening. The National Assembly has not seen anything wrong in the ongoing well reported Betta Edu scandal where billions of our patrimony is been played with. 

“This National Assembly must also tell Nigerians the source of money and bags of rice they shared for Christmas if it was budgeted for or not, we deserve to know.”