FG’s Niger Delta New Vision will create a future of success, prosperity for region – Iyamu

The Federal government’s Niger Delta New Vision will create a future of success and prosperity for the region.

Senior Special Assistant to the President in Charge of the Niger Delta, Mr. Edobor Iyamu, stated this on Wednesday, June 27, in his opening remarks at a one-day capacity-building workshop with the theme: “Niger Delta New Vision: Partnership for regional development & Nation-building”, for the media, Civil Society Organizations and staff of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at the State House Auditorium, Abuja.

Edobor traced the conceptualization of the Niger Delta New Vision to the presentation of the 16-point Agenda of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, to the Presidency in 2016, which government responded to through the formulation of its 20-point Agenda.

It would be recalled that in November, 2016, in a move to address concerns in the region and see to its development, President Muhammadu Buhari held a meeting with Niger Delta leaders under the aegis of Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF. PANDEF made a 16-point demand to the Federal Government which was subsequently captured in the FG’s 20-point agenda to develop the region.

Also, following that meeting with elders in the region, in 2017, on behalf of the President, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, undertook a tour of oil producing communities in the region. The Buhari administration’s New Vision for the Niger Delta was, thus, birthed.

According to Mr. Iyamu, the Niger Delta New vision was “designed to promote development in the region through a forthright partnership between the federal government, state government, private sector and local community.”

He said the New Vision was also designed to positively change the narrative of failed promises and abandoned projects and creates a future of success and prosperity which the people of the region so earnestly deserve.

He highlighted some of the achievements recorded since government started the implementation of the New Vision, including the establishment of the Maritime University, the Ogoni clean-up and the construction of modular refineries in the region.

Iyamu said academic activities commenced at the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, on the 12th March, 2018 with the intake of 338 freshmen and with three faculties – transport, engineering and environmental management.

He said that prequalification process has been completed for the Ogoni cleanup while the technical and commercial bid was ongoing in line with Nigeria’s extant laws.

On the modular refineries, he said that two modular refineries have obtained licences and have since commenced construction work, explaining that one of them was about 70% completion in Kwale, Delta State while the other is in Rivers State.

Other interventions made through the Niger Delta New Vision, according to Iyamu, were gas commercialization to address the issue of gas flare, increased budgetary allocations and designing of the Strategic Implementation Work Plan, SIWP, for effective implementation of the new vision.

He said the workshop was organized to inform stakeholders of the what government was doing to promote development in the Niger Delta, to get feedback from stakeholders on how to implement the vision better and to solicit for the cooperation and partnership in the area of information dissemination in relation to the region.

Giving an overview on the SIWP, the Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs to the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Charles Achodo, said that an analysis of the 16-point Agenda presented by the PANDEF to the Presidency categorized the demands into three broad areas.

These were political, which focused on the issue of resource control; security, tied to the issues about how to secure the region; and developmental, dealing with environmental degradation, modular refineries and infrastructure.

Achodo said that government responded to the PANDEF 16-Point Agenda by formulating its 20-Point Agenda, bringing out specific activities and targeting particular goals for the Niger Delta.

He said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s engagements with stakeholders and community leaders during his tours of the Niger Delta Region last year yielded positive results.

According to Achodo, work on the SIWP has shown that there were several agencies working in the region without any result, requiring that a different approach be used in tackling the challenges in the Niger Delta.

One of the facilitators, Pamela Braide delivered a paper on communicating the SWIP to stakeholders in the Niger Delta.

She said the current situation shows that there is lack of clarity, distrust and cynicism about the intentions of government in the Niger Delta New Vision.

She said communicating the Niger Delta New Vision should be well planned and must combine the traditional and new media to reach the people of the region.

Braide said MOUs signed with governments of the states in the Niger Delta must be communicated properly while the SWIP must be broken down to enable people to understand it well.

In her presentation, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure, Imeh Okon, said the key to what government was doing in the Niger Delta was to complete all abandoned projects in the region.

She said government was working to ensure that all projects with strategic developmental impact were completed.

Each session has robust engagements that participants said would further boost the implementation of key initiatives under the New Vision for the Niger Delta region.

The Special Assistant to the President Communication Projects/ Niger Delta, Arukaino Umukoro, also made a presentation on the Niger Delta New Vision website, which he noted was a part of the overall communication strategy of the New Vision.

He urged participants to visit the website for information on the activities on the Niger Delta New Vision.

Participants at the workshop were drawn from the media, government agencies and civil society organizations, where there were breakout sessions for the media, and MDAs and CSOs, which focused specifically on their roles and contributions to the region’s development and nation building.

Facilitators at the workshop include; the Special Assistant to the President on Digital & New Media, and Head of the Presidency Office of Digital Engagement (PODE), Tolu Ogunlesi; the Executive Director of We the People- Centre for Social Studies and Development, Ken Henshaw; the Head of Media & Campaigns, Environmental Rights Action (ERA) /Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Philip Jakpor and ICT consultant, Dayo Ibitoye.

#NDNEWVISION: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO NIGER DELTA

 *Capacity-building workshop focus on regional development, nation-building

The Nigerian government is backing its commitment to the Niger Delta Region with necessary actions that would lead to the implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Vision for the region.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Niger Delta Region, Edobor Iyamu, stated this on Wednesday while speaking with reporters on the side-lines of a one-day capacity building workshop for civil society organisations, government agencies and the media at the State House Auditorium, Abuja.

The workshop, with the theme: Niger Delta New Vision: Partnership for regional development & Nation-building, focused on specific areas; including the roles of the media, communications managers/officers, and CSOs in regional and national development.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Budget, Mr. Tola Asekun; Senior Special Assistant to the President in charge of Niger Delta, Edobor Iyamu, and Special Assistant to the President on Communication Projects-Niger Delta, Arukaino Umukoro, during a workshop on Niger Delta New Vision, Partnership for Regional Development and Nation Building, at the State House Auditorium in Abuja on Wednesday

“Not only is government committed, it is backing all of its commitment with the necessary action and steps that need to be taken,” Mr. Iyamu said.

He said that one of the licensed modular refineries in Delta State was about 70% completed, while work on the one in Rivers State was progressing.

Among other projects that Iyamu listed that were currently ongoing in the region in line with the Niger Delta New Vision, were the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, and the Ogoni Cleanup.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Iyamu said government has also demonstrated its commitment to the Niger Delta with consistent increase in budgetary allocations to the region in the last three years.

“Today, the budget of the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs has been increased.  The budget of the NNDC has also been increased. The budget for NDDC has also been increased.”

He restated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s assertion during his engagements with leaders and stakeholders in the region last year that the people of the Niger Delta deserved more than they were getting.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure, Imeh Okon, said the key to what government was doing in the Niger Delta was to complete all abandoned projects in the region.

A facilitator, Ken Henshaw, addressing the CSO participants at the Niger Delta New Vision workshop at the State House Auditorium in Abuja on Wednesday

“You don’t start something and then you abandon it where you have limited resources. You need to finish it and be able to leverage on the resources that you deployed on that project in the first place.”

She said government was working to ensure that all projects with strategic developmental impact were completed.

“And then we also look at new projects that have impact that would be linked to those existing projects.  So we can also fund those projects.  But the key is that we are longer abandoning projects.”

Participants at the workshop were given an overview of the Strategic Implementation Work Plan, SIWP, of the Niger Delta New Vision.

They were also taken through the communication strategy of the SIWP to stakeholders in the Niger Delta and the role of Civil Society organizations in the region.

There was also a session on partnering towards regional development and nation building.

NDDC Resumes Post-Graduate Foreign Scholarship Programme for Niger Delta indigenes

 

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has approved the resumption of NDDC Post-Graduate Foreign scholarship to qualified indigenes of the Niger Delta region after a comprehensive restructuring of the programme.

This follows the approval by the Governing Board and Management for the commencement of the 2018 award process.

The Commission, while announcing the resumption of the scholarship scheme, conveys its regrets at the cancellation of the inconclusive 2017 award process, noting the inconveniences suffered by students who applied for the scholarship.

To provide a fresh start and a seamless process, all outstanding tuition for recipients of the scholarship has been cleared, as part of the restructuring instituted by Management, and calls for new applications from qualified candidates for the 2018 programme. (However, any student who has proof that he has not been paid should feel free to contact the Commission immediately).

Meanwhile, the advertisement for the new programme will be published in national media, as well as the Commission’s website.

Established in 2010, the NDDC post-graduate foreign scholarship is designed to produce top level professionals with technical manpower, capacity and expertise who would compete in the oil and gas industry and other sectors of the Niger Delta region.

Worth about $30,000 per annum, it is helping to build a knowledge-based economy that will meet the challenges of globalisation. It covers nine professional disciplines such as engineering, medical sciences, computer science technology, geosciences, environmental sciences, agriculture, environment/oil and gas law, as well as project management.

A total of 1,409 students have benefited from the programme, including Charles Igwe, whose unique redesign of the Turcot Interchange road, as a Ph.D student of Construction Engineering at Concordia University, Canada, helped save the Montreal Area Municipality over $1 billion, and Mr. Ubong Peters, who won a global three-minute thesis competition.

Niger Delta: Navy destroys 1,000 illegal refineries in creeks

The Nigerian Navy Ship, DELTA, on Wednesday said it had destroyed over 1,000 illegal refineries with swamp buggies in the Delta creeks.

Speaking with newsmen in Warri, the Commander, NNS DELTA, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu, said the illegal refineries were destroyed in the last 29 days in its ongoing raids.

He said the illegal refineries and the equipment were destroyed in Otumara, Ogbegugu, Okpuku creeks and Bennett Island with the aid of swamp buggies, amphibious vehicles used in traversing swamps.

“We decided to apply swamp buggies because they are more environmental friendly and make it difficult for the perpetrators to resuscitate the illicit businesses after crushing their facilities.

“So far the exercise has been successful and we will not rest on our oars until the illicit trade is completely eradicated in our maritime domain,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the navy had in the past relied heavily on the use of fire to destroy illegal refineries.

The commander said the use of swamp buggies would bring a lasting solution to the ongoing economic sabotage.

On Tuesday, the commander led some navy personnel and journalists to Bennett Island in Warri South Local Government Area of the state to monitor the operation.

He told newsmen that the oil thieves had adopted a new method to prevent his men from carrying out the operation.

“The perpetrators in Bennett Island set fire round the illegal refineries to prevent us and the swamp buggy from gaining access.

“However, we were able to find our way into the sites and crushed their equipment despite the thick smoke and rain.

“Since we started clamping down on the illegal refineries with the aid of swamp buggies, the perpetrators have been restless’’, the commander said.

Dewu said the saboteurs were already feeling the impact of the destruction.

“This might have generated the recent campaign for the removal of the Commander, Joint Task Force (JTF), code name “Operation Delta Safe,’’ Rear Adm. Suleiman Apochi, by the people.

“The campaign against JTF is a distraction; we will not be deterred,’’ he said.

He warned the saboteurs to desist from the illicit act or be made to face the full wrath of the law.

For the Records: #7BigWins in Focus – Big win 5 – Niger Delta and security

By Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

*Puts in focus a “blueprint for Niger Delta’s development that can be sustained for posterity”

Let me welcome you to an 8 parts serial podcast that will look critically at the 7 big wins that were instruments of our intervention in the oil industry when we came in and see how we fared in each of those and what we need to do going forward.

All over the world these 7 big wins has been praised as a right model for intervention. But, let us now go neck deep and get a 3D view of what really has happened. In this edition, we are going to focus strictly on the Niger Delta security issues; what we met, what we did, what the future holds for us.

His Excellency, the President was kind enough and gracious enough to appoint me with the twin positions of both the GMD of the NNPC and the Minister of State for Petroleum. Niger Delta was a burning issue at the time. There was key unrest in Niger Delta, a huge amount of militant activities going on. There was reduction in production volumes, so much reduction leading to a consistent loss that led us almost to a cripple in the oil industry. Actually, at the lowest point we were down to about 800,000 barrels. All the infrastructure that we had were compromised; vandalism and militancy compelled the integrity of the infrastructure to disappear.

These sustained attacks continued for over a 10-month period. In February 2016 for example; the Forcados oil export line was breached, leading to very major attacks in other oil and gas assets. In May 2016, the Nembe creek truck line was attacked; in November 2016, series and series of attacks.

What else did we meet? We met the complete absence of a coordinated effort at developing the Niger Delta development model. There was, therefore, a consistent lack of investors’ interest in Niger Delta area, because of what really had happened was that with all the militancy attacks, uncertainties on policies, the lack of coordination in terms of development, everybody basically watched for what the next alarm bell was going to be.

The sheer amount of problems that we inherited in Niger Delta meant that literally if nothing was done, the country was getting crippled; no money for investments, no money for infrastructures, no money to run the budgets. We had to move in very rapidly with the support of His Excellency, the President.

We dealt with three main fundamentals. We decided to deal first with the environment and security issues. What were we going to do about that environment, the issues that had been burning in all the areas of Niger Delta?

The first thing we realized was that the one-on-one engagements, as good as they were, were obviously not leading us to the Promised Land. Of course, I did the whole yeoman’s job of taking a tour on the Niger Delta myself and getting into the creeks, at very great risk to my life and that of a lot of my staff, to engage the militants in their domain. I think the advantage in that was that it brought understanding and we then began a sustained community engagement.

The first thing we did was to work with the leaders of the areas to work towards the setting up of the PANDEF group. We thank all the PANDEF members; leader, Chief Clark and all of them who did fantastic work in trying to put together this Pan-Niger Delta Forum. We worked coordinating with them. So once that was set up, it was easy to have a body that could engage the Federal Government.

Then we dealt with the issue of Ogoni clean-up. The President had made a promise during his campaign that he was going to take this as a burning issue and he did and he inaugurated the Ogoni clean-up process that was launched very ceremoniously and we began the engagements and the financing that will enable us address the Ogoni cleanup. But not only Ogoni needs to be cleaned up, a whole lot of other areas need to be cleaned up. This is basically the beginning map on which we are going to work.

We came up with the Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Programme, which was trying to address the exit of flare. The United Nations had set a 2030 deadline; we set a 2020 deadline. We are aggressive about it because we knew that unless the environmental issues in Niger Delta were addressed, no amount of investment would get a buy-in with the people.

With all the sustained engagements that we had, we had series of ceasefires which enabled us to bring back production volumes. In December 2015, we had a 30-day ceasefire agreement. It brought back production rapidly from the all-time low of about 800,000 barrels to about 2.2 million barrels. In June 2016, we had another 60-day ceasefire agreement, which lasted for a while. In April 2017, leading up from the 60-day ceasefire that continued and working with PANDEF and other elements, and with the assistance of the Vice President’s visit; we got to a point where we basically moved our production to an all-time 800,000 barrels volume to volumes in region of 2.2 million barrels.

We looked at infrastructure and not only did we deal with repairing some of the infrastructures that were broken down to enable oil begin to flow again. We came up with the concept of what to do with the illegal refining that was going on in the region. So, we came up with the modular refinery concept. Till date, we have targeted development and approved about 10 of those; two are basically on land now and beginning to construct. Hopefully, within the next one year, we will be able to deliver real results. But we are pushing for the other eight.

The AKK Pipeline that had been abandoned for a very long time was put back. The Federal Executive Council approved this and now engagements are going on to sort out this contract and begin that construction. That AKK pipeline will enable you deliver gas from the South into the North and open up gas delivery to homes, and development in terms of petrochemicals. So it is a huge infrastructure development.

We have been able to go visit some of these modular refineries. We visited the one in Ogbele, in Rivers State; we also have visited the one in Kwale (Delta State). Those are the two that are basically on ground and ready to take off. But there are 8 additional ones that are basically all getting ready for completion for financing and moving on.

But, the area where I think we have done a lot of work is in Capacity Building and Economic Empowerment. The greatest problem of Niger Delta has been that it’s not because money hasn’t gone in. Inter-agency researches have shown that over $40 billion have gone into Niger Delta in a period of, maybe, 15 years.

So what we’ve tried to do, was working under the Office of the Vice President, to try and working in conjunction with the Ministry of Niger Delta, Ministry of Environment, NDDC, NNPC, Oil companies, everybody; we were able to show the sheer amount of money over a period of time that had gone in, and the sheer amount of money that was available still to go in. And that led to a very integrated work that produced a report that enabled us to see what everybody’s budget was and what we needed to do. It ran into trillions.

And so working under an inter-ministerial group put under the Vice President, we’ve now began to build capacity, and build economic empowerment on the grounds of that and making sure that we supervise each of those intervening government agencies to do what they are supposed to do and the oil companies to take up also their responsibilities.

But we have also gone further than that. I have gone ahead to set up State technical committees and gone from state to state to take that whole vision and give it fruition. So, in those states, with the State Governments being the Chairmen of some of those; we have had our own representatives; we’ve had oil companies’ representatives, we’ve had Government Agencies. And the whole idea is to look at the blueprint of what oil is produced in a state, what volumes are available, what opportunities for economic empowerment are there and what are the burning issues in those areas. These technical committees have been launched in three states; in Edo State, in Delta State and in Imo State, and we are looking to complete that whole process.

If we succeed in doing that, for the first time, what you are going to have is a complete blueprint, complete local engagement, complete local intervention and supervision of the Niger Delta development model and that is something that can be sustained for posterity.

So, those interventions have helped; those technical teams have helped. Like I said, we’ve done it in about three states. We are going to continue to push the envelope in other states. Now, obviously in all these have rallied from the initial work done when we first started with all the problems we had, to the Vice President’s visit that was monumentally successful and helpful; to obviously the presidential cloak that has been given to this to make it succeed.

Where do we go from here? A lot of work still needs to be done, let’s not kid ourselves. What we have done is take a very difficult environment and bring some sanity to it.

So today, when we celebrate over 2 million barrels, when we celebrate $75, $77 price in oil, when we celebrate enhanced and increasing reserve size for this country, when we celebrate the highest capital budgets that this country has seen in decades, it is all because we found a way to find sanity in this very, very difficult environment. But we still have a lot of work to do.

Those engagements we talked about with the state technical committees are a key pivot; we must sustain and complete the process. And thereafter, there must be active; and there must, on a month-to-month basis, explore what the opportunities are, and ensure that the local populace are getting those opportunities.

There are regulatory interventions; the Assembly is working hard at PIB, and there’s Host Community Bill they are also doing. All these Bills, when passed, will give legal parameters to some of the interventions that are essential and create a sustained platform for these interventions in the future.

The President is completely committed to the success of this and we are working with the Ministry of Environment to continue the Ogoni clean-up. I have just directed that funds necessary for this must be released with a very short period of time so that this Ogoni clean-up can actually move from the drawing board to actual practical realities. And I’ve called on both NNPC and the oil companies to fund this sufficiently for us to move forward.

We’ve also began a programme to engage the Ogonis where there has been substantial problems, to get the community buy-in; to get the community’s participation. A few weeks ago, we held the Ogoni re-entry meetings. We are going to get into some of those, and not just Ogoni, but a lot of the areas to see how we can get people to believe gain and have faith in the processes that we are rolling out.

We are currently working on a framework for community-based participation in the protection of oil and gas pipelines, and oil and gas assets. How do we get the communities to take ownership of these pipelines, protect them, ensure an efficient delivery without complications and also ensure that in future they get benefits from some of the economic interventions that come out of all of these?

So, a whole lot of work needs to be done. It is almost like you are looking at the bill of rights in some of these areas. How do we develop things that people are entitled to; people execute, communities are involved, constant engagements continue, and the Government’s interest in this continues to ride.

But this where we met security, this is where we met the Niger Delta, this is what we have done in the two and a half, three years that we have been there. But like I said, the work continues.

What we can say is that provided Government continues to focus, provided the oil companies continue to focus on their key social responsibilities in these areas, provided that Government Agencies that are given responsibilities for intervention continue to carry out their jobs, provided communities realize that, at the end of the day, destruction of platforms leads to nothing but confusion and mayhem; but that working together with the Government, we can create an equitable problem-solving mechanism, provided State Governments and security apparatus carry out security intervention for peace in a manner that respects the fundamental human rights of citizens; we actually can take leverage from the total world attention that is looking at the work that we are doing in this area and get Niger Delta to where it should be.

Thank you very much for listening.

Kachikwu is the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources

(Podcast on May 23, 2018)

Dokubo gives ex-agitators assurance on welfare

The Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Charles Quaker Dokubo, recently confirmed prompt payment of monthly stipends as well as provision of other welfare packages for the ex-Niger Delta agitators and their leaders. 

Dokubo who disclosed this in a meeting in Abuja on Saturday with the ex-agitators noted that this was essential for maintaining peace in the region. Daily Trust revealed that the PAP coordinator vowed to breathe in fresh air into the programme to enable its benefits reach out to those it was originally intended for.

Speaking further, the PAP coordinator beckoned on the leaders of ex-agitators not to promote parochial interests, but to work with the Federal Government in the interest of the Niger Delta people by striving to sustain the goals of the Programme.

 “Let us do particular projects in the Niger Delta that will live after us; let us not go into pipeline busting, because these pipelines are located in our region where the environmental impact would be felt. But your complaints on issues of documentation and others will be looked into,” Dokubo said.

East-West Road: Inter-Ministerial Committee assesses project, assures of completion

The hope of the people of the Niger Delta region has finally been rekindled by the Federal Government Inter-Ministerial Committee which was on assessment tour of the East-West road project on Thursday, saying the Federal Government was prioritising its early completion.

Speaking at the end of the Thursday’s tour, the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani disclosed: “The Federal Executive Council gives priority to the East-West road project, this led to the setting up of this Inter-Ministerial Committee to come and do its assessment, for government to source for funds for timely completion of the project.”

In a statement, Usani expressed satisfaction on the progress of work, saying it has been more progressive than previous years. He added that contractors only needed more funds to execute the job.

Corroborating the statement of his colleague in Niger Delta Affairs’ Ministry, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi noted that the tour had changed his perception on the Project that government was doing nothing on it.
“If I did not come on this inspection myself, I would have been among those who are saying that nothing was being done, but we drove all the way from Benin, through the East-West road from Warri to Porth Harcourt, there were no potholes,” Amaechi added.

“It is important that we the South-South people appreciate the contribution of the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to the development of the Niger Delta region.

The Minister of Transportation appealed to the youths in the Niger Delta region to desist from vices that can impede the development of the oil-rich region and take it backward among other regions.

It would be recalled that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs inherited the East-West road from the then Federal Ministry works on its establishment in 2008 and had been battling with its completion over the years.

To put to rest this lingering challenge, however, the Federal Executive Council set up a four-man committee comprising the Ministers of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, to carry out an assessment of the East-West road and come up with suggestions for the early completion of the project.

The Federal Government inter-ministerial committee is made up of the Ministries of Niger Delta Affairs, Transportation, Power, Works and Housing and Information and Culture.

Ogoni Clean-up: FG Certifies 140 Contractors

*Inter-ministerial committee to address air pollution problem in Rivers

In commemoration of 2018 World’s Environment Day (WED), The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril , disclosed that the Federal Government recently certified 140 contractors from 400 firms that indicated interest in the Ogoni land oil spill remediation exercise.

Speaking further on the selected contractors, the Minister said, “These are the ones that when we finally get the figures, we would invite them to submit their financial duty and the process would continue in the whole of June-July and we hope that by August, we should be able to get to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to give approval for whatever remediation consultancy that we give.”

The Nation reported that the Minister, in a press briefing, reassured the people of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s devotion towards the realization of a successful clean up and safe air quality. Backing this statement up, he said that Vice President had signed an ESCO agreement to open an account in affiliation with partners for the ogoni clean-up.
He added that the Vice President had ordered the constitution of an inter-ministerial committee of all relevant agencies to address the issue of air quality and air pollution problem in Rivers State.

The minister concluded the briefing, identifying 11 liable sources of pollution and emphasized that the committee would work diligently to tackle the current environmental crisis in Port Harcourt, and eventually improve its environmental status.

10 facts about Niger Delta New Vision

The Federal Government’s Niger Delta New Vision is designed to “develop a new and prosperous Niger Delta through the forthright partnerships between the Federal Government, State Governments, Private Sector and Local Communities.”

The Buhari administration, in line with its New Vision for the Niger Delta (#NDNewVision), is continuously making efforts to develop the region and ensure that the people of the region benefit maximally from the wealth of their land.

  • Take-off of Maritime University in Delta State. The Maritime University was granted approval this year by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective from the 2017/2018 academic session.
  • Lectures commenced fully in April. A total of 196 students have so far been accepted into the University to commence their academic programmes.
  • Commencement of Ogoni Clean-up: On April 27, 2018, The Vice President presided over the ceremonial signing of the Ogoni Trust Fund escrow agreement at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
  • With this signing, $170m is to be provided imminently from the first tranche of the $1 Billion for the Ogoni clean-up that was recommended by the UNEP.
  • Investments in Infrastructure: Bonny-Bodo Road: The N120 billion Bonny-Bodo road project was flagged-off in October 2017 by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. The Bonny-Bodo bridge and road project is a Public Private Partnership arrangement jointly funded by Nigeria LNG and the Federal Government, in which the Federal Government and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (NLNG) will each bear 50 percent of the N120.6 billion that it will cost to complete the project.
  • When completed, the 34-kilometres road would connect several major communities in the Niger Delta region and boost socio-economic development and improve the lives of people in the Niger Delta region.
  • Approval for establishment of Modular Refineries: 10 modular refineries will be located in five out of the nine states in the Niger Delta region.
  • Two modular refineries granted licences to operate in the Niger Delta region expected to be completed and ready for inauguration by December this year, in Rivers and Delta states.
  • On Tuesday, 24th April, 2018, a team from the Office of the Vice President and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources visited the one of the refineries; the OPAC Refinery site, located at Umuseti, Kwale, in Delta State.
  • The Presidential Amnesty Programme: The Presidential Amnesty Programme engages ex-militants and youths from the impacted communities in formal education, vocational skills acquisition and empowerment schemes