We are humbly honored to take this opportunity to communicate with you via an online Open Letter, Mr. President, we would have used a conventional way to reach you but the system does not permit us to do so.
To start with, with all forms of Thanksgiving, we appreciate God for bringing you to govern this country at the very much time we needed change and a reformer like you. More also we have to thank you for your personal will to fight corruption even though the system’ might be working against you. Thank you for following your conscience to fight corruption, indeed this country will not forget you as your name is in the annals of this country.
Mr. President Sir, we don’t want to delay you from your busy schedule so let’s just drive our point’s home.
Mr. President Sir, following your style of leadership which is Chiefly defined by your love, passion and feeling for this nation, we the Concerned Constituency Citizen’s want to bring to your notice our pains and feelings as the father of the our dear country Nigeria.
Sir, with all forms of bitterness we wish to notify you of the inimical styles of leadership of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA)
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) of the Federal Ministry of Transport was formed from the former Inland Waterway Department in the year 1997 by an act of the National Assembly, CAP 47, LFN 2004 with the primary responsibility to improve and develop Nigeria’s inland waterways for navigation with the headquarters situated at Lokoja, Kogi State in the North Central Geo-political Zone of the country, considering the large natural endowment of the state which suits the perfect requirement of such agency.
Mr. President Sir, however, despite the fact that the headquarter is in the North Central, Kogi State to be precise, we are bitter to state it that no Kogi State indigene has been privileged to direct the agency either in acting or substantive capacity which has been a source of displeasure to us.
Let us go down memory lane, the first NIWA MD was Engr. R.D. Abubabakar (Bauchi State), followed by Engr L. K. Ogboye (Lagos State) in acting capacity for three months, the next MD was Engr Zubairu Yakubu (Bauchi State) then later had Mrs C. F, O Ezenwa (South East) also acting capacity , followed by Arch. Ahmed Yar’adua (Katsina State), Hajia Inna Ciroma (Borno State), Bar. Danladi Ibrahim from the authority also in acting capacity (Borno State) and Boss Mustapha (Adamawa State). We equally know that NIWA is a Federal Agency not Kogi West, Kogi State or North Central agency, but we can see the past MDs were from North East and North West and those two that came from South were in acting capacity.
Sir, our major argument is that, yes it is true that we are all Nigerians irrespective of where we come from, but is the leadership of the country saying North Central, Kogi State , Kogi West and within NIWA are not endowed with energetic personality, human resources or qualified professionals to steer the ship of the agency instead of lifting people from outside NIWA to become their MD?Less we forget that Kogi State also voted the government in power in 2015.
Mr. President, here comes the entreaties of the Concerned Constituency Citizens of North Central geographical zone, having believed so much in your styles of leadership and governance which is buttressed by your favourite quotes “I Belong to everybody and belong to Nobody” We are appealing to you that following your recent applaudable appointment / Promotion of Boss Gida Mustapha as the Secretary of the Government of the Federation and the urgent need to find a replacement for him as the Managing Director of NIWA, A Kogi man should be considered to replace him, most preferable someone from Kogi West Senatorial District (Since a man from Kogi Central became Ajaokuta Steel Company Sole Administrator, we are also appealing for Kogi West to become the next NIWA Managing Director)
Lastly, Sir, being Concerned Constituency citizens who want the best for the country, we are also appealing to you to bring someone with vast knowledge of the agency and requisite experience from this senatorial district in order to have an outstanding NIWA, as we cannot afford to exchange credibility and meritocracy for selfishness, plutocracy and nepotism.
Once again, Mr President, kindly help us to develop as a nation by putting the round pegs in the right hole.
We hope to come back later with an appreciation letter
God bless You
God bless Nigeria
Comr Ekundayo Abayomi Segun,
Concerned Constituency Citizen’s.