18 March 2012
By MITAIRE IKPEN
The setting up of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs four years ago by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua was expectedly greeted with mixed feelings. While some people hailed the move as a right decision bearing in mind the difficult terrain of the region which should require a special attention, others believed that the creation of the Ministry would unnecessarily slow down the pace of development because of bureaucratic bottlenecks.
Those who held the latter view felt that since the creation of the Ministry was a mere political gesture to placate the people of the region, its operations would be bedevilled by the bureaucratic hiccups that usually trail government establishments. Perhaps their fears have not been misguided thus far.