The Ijaw National Congress (INC) has expressed concern about inequity and unfairness in federal appointments made by President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
Professor Benjamin Okaba, President of the INC, stated in a statement that the Ijaw had been marginalized in Tinubu administration appointments.
Except for one federal ministerial position, he claims that the Ijaw have no representation in the entire executive branch of the federal government.
He further claimed that the appointments made thus far had favored one ethnic group over another.
The INC leader called the situation as intolerable to the Ijaw, who he claims are key contributors to the Nigerian economy and have a strong presence in five coastal states.
To address the situation, the INC demanded the appointment of an Ijaw as Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
“We demand without equivocation that an Ijaw person be appointed Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
“No Ijaw person has occupied that office since the organisation’s establishment in 1955.
“We demand representation on every board or parastatal related to the marine economy in Nigeria.
“We insist that the Government should not be exploiting the resources of our land, seafront and territory without representatives appointed from among our people who own the territory.
“We insist that the acceptance of amnesty by our people, which has drastically reduced the multifaceted and multidimensional agitations, some of which occasionally injure the national economy, should not be seen as an instrument of subjugating and cowing the Ijaw people,” Okaba stated.