Nigerian govt reiterates commitment to Niger Delta development

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

31 March 2017, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The commitment by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to accelerate the development of the Niger Delta region got a boost today with the pledge by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) to work with the Federal Government to bring peace and development to the region.

Representatives of the umbrella body for the development of the Niger Delta made this pledge today in the meeting of the Inter-Ministerial/Agency Technical Working Group for the Development of the Niger Delta held at the Boardroom of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

The Working Group which was created under the heels of the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo’s peace shuttles in the Niger Delta states, has its key membership drawn from three Federal Ministries: Niger Delta Affairs, Environment, Works and the Amnesty Office and the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The Group is charged with the responsibility of working with State Governments, development partners, oil companies and other stakeholders which include PANDEF, to come up with a concerted plan, with timelines and personally responsible agencies or ministries to spearhead the development of the long-neglected region.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Charles Achodo, the Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, said the meeting between the Working Group and PANDEF was convened for both sides to adopt a common work plan for developing the Niger Delta in order to ensure that there were no duplication of projects aimed at bringing progress to the region as has been the case.

He said the task now at hand is for the Group to come up with a clear roadmap, which assigns clear responsibility and accountability to specific agencies, persons, corporate entities or groups and with clear timelines for deliverables to be worked out.

It will be recalled that as part of efforts to find a lasting solution to the Niger Delta problem, PANDEF in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in September last year, handed over to the president a 16- Point Demand which they said was a minimum pre-condition for peace in the region. It is from that document that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources developed a 20-point agenda focused on three thematic frame work namely security, development and political issues aimed at addressing the challenges in the Niger Delta region.

Speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (Rtd), commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his deep interest in solving the Niger Delta problem.

He said it was under the auspices of Mr. President’s goodwill that the Inter-Ministerial/Agency Technical Working Group was here discussing critical issues affecting the Niger Delta region and assured Nigerians that within the next few weeks the blueprint for a coordinated development of the Niger Delta region will be out.



FG issues fresh directives to accelerate implementation of president buhari’s new vision for Niger Delta

The Federal Government has issued a new set of directives in its bid to accelerate the implementation of the Buhari administration’s new vision for the development of the Niger Delta.

Presidency gives contractors 30 days to return to site or face prosecution, Presidential-level visits to remaining oil-producing States in view

The Federal Government has issued a new set of directives in its bid to accelerate the implementation of the Buhari administration’s new vision for the development of the Niger Delta.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, issued the directives at a recent meeting of the inter-ministerial working group following up on the renewed Niger Delta interactive engagements of the Buhari administration.

For instance, the Federal Government has given all contractors including those handling Niger Delta Development Commission projects in the region a 30-day ultimatum from today to return to site or face prosecution.

The Federal Government has also specifically directed that the list of all contractors who have not returned to site within the stipulated period be compiled and submitted to the Ministry of Justice and the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission for investigation and prosecution.

A concerted implementation work plan that would respond to the developmental issues and projects proposed by PANDEF is also being prepared, while fresh mandates are also being issued to all the relevant MDAs as appropriate.

This includes the FG’s directive to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Ministries of Niger Delta Affairs; Environment; Power, Works and Housing to proceed with the design and implementation of work plans in line with the administration’s new vision for the region.

Ministries and agencies of government involved in furthering the establishment of the Maritime University at Okerenkoko in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta state, have also been directed to come up with a clear path to the eventual actualisation of the objective including consideration for a possible and timely take-off grant for the university.

The meeting also discussed the plans to continue presidential visits to the remaining States with oil-producing communities so as to effectively conclude the interactive engagements with the people of the region.

Specific instructions have also been given to the Ministry of Environment to ensure and report on the progress of the Ogoni Clean-up, for which a Project Office is now located in Rivers State and is functional.

A directive has also been issued to the Ministry of Environment for a plan to commence considerations for the clean-up of other polluted areas in the oil-producing communities.

The membership of the Niger Delta inter-ministerial group comprises officials from the Presidency, all relevant ministries including the Petroleum Resources, Niger Delta Affairs, Environment, Power, Works and Housing and Office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme among other MDAs.


Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President

Office of the Vice President

FG Proposes New Vision for Oil Producing Communities in N’Delta

By Okon Bassey in Uyo
In an attempt to reduce tension, violent protest, kidnapping and attack on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, the federal government has proposed a new vision to signpost a new era to oil producing communities in the region.
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, stated this Thursday at a town hall meeting held with elders and people of Akwa Ibom State in continuation of his tour of states in the Niger Delta region.
“I am here as the emissary of President Mohammadu Buhari who after the visit of Pan Niger Delta Forum in November 2016 decided that we must undertake a visit to engage with the leadership and people of oil producing communities of the region to hear them and understand their problems and concern.”
He said the tour is to offer communities in the Niger Delta and all oil producing communities a new vision and a new compact in the great source of wealth of the nation.
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