Buhari’s new vision ’ll develop Niger Delta, says Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday that the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is promoting a new way of thinking and engagement that will secure the growth of Niger Delta and the country.

The new approach, he said, involves an active and effective collaboration between the government, the private sector and the communities.

He assured Nigerians that the new approach would ensure that the government complete whatever is started in the region.

Osinbajo spoke during a meeting with members of a delegation from Bayelsa State regarding the $3.6 billion Brass Fertiliser & Petro-Chemical Company that is expected to come on steam soon.

The delegation, which included executives of the company, was led by Governor Seriake Dickson.

Osinbajo, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, lamented that only 12 per cent completion rate was recorded in several of the projects undertaken by the Niger Delta Development Commission in the past years, while the rest were abandoned.

According to him, some of the projects were not designed to succeed, but just for some people to make money.

Stressing that a new way of thinking is emerging, he gave instances of effective collaboration with the private sector.

He named the NLNG as an example of such effective collaborations.

“The Buhari administration is committed to finishing whatever we start. At the end of the day, we shall ensure that,” he affirmed, adding that the oil-producing communities have tremendous potentials.

Hailing the governor for his proactive efforts, the Acting President commended the collaboration regarding the Brass company.

He said: “This is what we describe as the New Vision: partnership between the Federal Government, the states, the communities and the private sector. This is the new way of thinking that is emerging, the New Vision.”

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr. Ibe Kachikwu described the idea of the Brass Fertiliser & Petro-Chemical firm as “a game changer that we need to encourage”.

He said such ideas have the potential to change the economic model in the Niger Delta.

The Acting President also received a delegation from the Seed Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN) led by its President Mr. Richard Olafare and the Director-General of the National Agricultural Seed Council, Dr. P.O.Ojo.