Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu has lauded the Federal Government for its roadmap on the development of the Niger Delta region.
The Governor gave this commendation while receiving the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani on a courtesy call at the Abia State government house Umuahia on Thursday, as part of the activities marking the 3rd National Council on Niger Delta held in the State.
“As a major policy making Ministry for Niger Delta, I want to commend you for your roadmap on how the Niger Delta region can improve,” the Governor said.
Governor Ikpeazu called on the Ministry to resume work on the Obehie-Aba-Azumiri road which connects the state with neighbouring Akwa Ibom state, adding that the road was very critical to the economic development of the state and the Niger Delta region.
The Governor noted that oil producing communities that were peaceful and not sabotaging government’s effortss as obvious in Abia state, should be encouraged.
In his remarks, the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, noted that the Ministry has begun to address some of the concerns expressed by Abia state when he visited the state recently on projects inspection, saying the Ministry had started tackling the major erosion site at Umnneochi in the state and other Federal government’s projects in the state.
The Minister stressed that other issues raised by the Governor would be put into consideration.
While thanking the state government for its contributions to the nation’s economy througn the revamping of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the state and its consistency in representation at the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) meetings, pledged the unwavering support of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to the development of Abia state.
Pastor Usani also reiterated the commitment of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in working with relevant stakeholders to fast-track the developmemt of the Niger Delta region.
The Minister emphasised that the essence of the 3rd National Council on Niger Delta which had as its theme, “Fostering synergy and institutional coordination for development in the Niger Delta region,” was to remove all obstacles to the development of the oil rich region by bringing all the development actors together.