The Bayelsa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of two key federal officials who are indigenes of the state.
The president had last week, approved the appointment of a retired permanent secretary in the Bayelsa state civil service, Mrs Gloria Izonfuo as a member of the National Population Commission (NPC).
The party disclosed that her name has already been forwarded to the senate for confirmation.
President also appointed Mr Simbi Wabote as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Monitoring and Development Board. Wabote’s appointment was with immediate effect.
In a statement issued on Monday on behalf of the party by the publicity secretary, Fortune Panebi, the state chapter of the APC said the president’s gesture was a sign of comfort and a positive development for the state.
The statement read in part: ”The appointment of both Mrs Izonfuo and Mr Wabote is a welcome development to us, a very positive sign of comfort and a the best to come at this time. While we are confident that both appointees are credible and and experienced in their chosen career lines, this gesture from the president shows that he has every part of the nation at heart.
”Truly, these appointments, coming at a time cynics were already taunting our revered leaders to attract more appointments to the state are a collective manifestation of the cohesion, understanding and unity of purpose in our party.
”Nothing can be more commendable than having two illustrious sons of ours, the first being the minister of state for agriculture and rural development, Dr Heineken Lokpobiri and the newly appointed Wabote among government officials who will play key roles in the economic turnaround of the nation.
”May we use this opportunity to therefore, thank our leader, Chief Timipre Sylva, Dr Lokpobiri as well as other notable leaders of the party for providing the needed leadership and direction to this point in spite of some unavoidable drawbacks.
”Finally, we appeal to our Niger Delta Brothers who are up in arms against the our oil and gas assets to eschew violence and embrace the path to peace. This is desirable not only for the government but for our ecosystem that is the immediate victim of your actions,” the statement said.