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