The Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu has made it known that the the present administration will put into consideration those from the Niger Delta region during its allocation of oil blocs.

 He said this during a Town Hall in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State.He noted that only those who are proficient will benefit from the allocation of the oil bloc adding that there will be strict observance of due process.

In his words, “In terms of the allocation of oil blocs to south-south indigene, since we came into position, the government has not allocated any bloc of petroleum. The president has not put any emphasis on that at all.

“He said we need to correct the mess before we begin to give advantage. Let me set something very clearly here; just like Udoma, I didn’t know the president before I got appointed here, never met him before, never spoke to him before.

“Recommendations and reputation brought me here. I haven’t been in government before, so I don’t know how it works, but since the day that I resumed, this president has never called me to give me the name of anybody, any Nigerian, north, south, east or west and say to me ‘you need to do some favour.