We have a new vision to develop Niger Delta, Osinbajo assures

*Says ‘We’ll finish whatever we started’ Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said that the Buhari administration is promoting a new way of thinking and engagement that will secure the development of the Niger Delta and the entire country. That new approach, which he restated as the New Vision, involves an active and effective collaboration between the government, the private sector and the communities. This approach, he stated, ensures that “we finish whatever we start.” Prof. Osinbajo spoke late Tuesday while meeting with members of a delegation from Bayelsa state, who paid him a visit to discuss issues regarding the $3.6B Brass Fertilizer & Petro-Chemical Company that is expected to come on stream soon. According to statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, the delegation, which included executives of the company was led by Governor Seriake Dickson. Lamenting that only 12 percent 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, Osinbajo stated that “sometimes projects are designed not to succeed, but just for some people to make money.”
He however noted that “a new way of thinking is emerging,” pointing to effective collaboration with the private sector and citing the example of the NLNG as one instance of such effective collaborations. “The Buhari administration, this government 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. While commending the Bayelsa state governor for his proactive efforts, the Acting President commended the collaboration that is ongoing regarding the Brass Company. Said he: “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.”

Also speaking, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu described the idea of the Brass Fertilizer & Petro-Chemical firm as “a game changer that we need to encourage,” adding that 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. In his remarks, Prof. Osinbajo assured the delegation that the Federal Government would do much more in the area of agriculture, stressing that fertilizer and seed inputs are vital for the “agricultural revolution” that the Buhari administration is delivering. He told members of the association, “your visit and contributions are very important to us. The President has said we must grow what we eat. We must be able to grow everything we eat. This is very important to us; we are very committed to food security. It is important to hear your views as we shape policy,” he said.

Called from: Daily Times

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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Called from: ThisDay