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North Central: Group decries neglect by Tinubu's administration

North Central: Group decries neglect by Tinubu's administrat

The North-Central Development Initiative (NCDI) has decried neglect of the region and its people by the current federal administration in appointive positions since its inception.

Director general and national coordinator, Comrade Musa Ali Otigba, in a press conference on Monday, in Abuja said they were drawing the attention of President Bola Tinubu to the mistreatment of the region, especially in areas of appointment of heads of government ministries, departments and agencies and the service chiefs.

According to Otigba despite the fact that the North Central worked very hard for his victory, thus producing the third highest number of votes – over 1. 7 million votes in the presidential election after the South West and North West regions.

Listing leadership of the National Assembly, APC national chairmanship position, ministerial appointments and general appointment of heads of MDAs as areas where they alleged the region was neglected.

The group which comprised members of the APC in different states of the North Central, said though they were pleased with the appointment of Senator George Akume as secretary to the government of the federation, it was not enough for the entire region and appealed to President Tinubu to do more for them.

Comrade Otigba urged the president to ensure that the region is adequately represented in the national security architecture, and in the next line of appointments, should be given priority to remedy the identified injustice and exclusion meted out to it.

"A seeming conspiracy of silence by the APC over this noticeable neglect despite the efforts, commitment and loyalty of the North Central, Otigba added that the region has capable hands that can head strategic government agencies like NIMASA, APA, NNPC Limited, BCDA, SEC, FERMA, NEMA, RMAFC, NPC, PSC, etc, just like any other region.

"The government of President Bola Tinubu should do whatever it can to erase the suspicion in some quarters that there is a deliberate attempt to continue to undermine the North Central region and its people under the administration. The region deserves better a deal than it has got so far in this government.

“We appeal to the party under the leadership of Dr Abdullahi Ganduje to take deliberate steps to compensate the North Central for being denied its legitimate right within the party structure,” he said.



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