The disagreement between the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, and his counterpart from the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Godswill Akpabio, has been denied.
The disagreement was said to have been earlier triggered owing to the contention as to the reconstitution of a substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Media reports says the two ministers were struggling in a supremacy battle over the membership of the NDDC board.
It was covered that Sylva, from Bayelsa, was not willing to oblige a person from Akpabio’s state the appointment of the Managing Director of the commission, not even when Akpabio was interested in the same person.
Sylva, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, one Mr Julius Bokoru, dismissed the reports as false and the handiwork of mischief-makers. He said this in a statement titled “No Rift Between Sylva and Akpabio.”
The statement read in part, “The story is false and nothing more than a string of poorly thought-out and poorly crafted lies that should be totally disregarded and discarded.
“Sylva has maintained excellent relations with Senator Akpabio through the years. The duo consider themselves brothers and comrades in the quest of building a more prosperous Niger Delta and a stronger Nigeria.
“Sylva is currently hosting the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit and while he has the development of the Niger Delta at heart, he is not fixated on who becomes who, in the formation of the NDDC board. He rather hopes and prays that for the sake of the development of the region, competent, committed, compassionate and patriotic people get appointed.