Former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has commended the Buhari Administration’s Niger Delta New Vision.
He made this disclosure in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday titled ‘Moving On To The Bigger Playing Field’.
In the statement, Uduaghan noted that the toughest challenge for any leader in the Niger Delta since 1997 has been the issue of Peace and Security.
The New Vision, which is being implemented by the Federal Government, is aimed at developing a new and prosperous Niger Deltaand ensuring that the people of the region benefit maximally from the wealth of their land.
Uduaghan said, “Since the inception of the current All Progressive Congress, APC, the administration at the Federal level, there has been an encouraging interest and activities by President Muhammadu Buhari to bring a permanent solution to the Niger Delta crisis and it has pointed in a direction that is at once Progressive and Developmental”.
He further said that “Rather than using the military to harass our people, the Buhari Administration has embarked on various engagement processes that have led to agreements and brought hope to the people of the Niger Delta”.
“In the last years, Mr President has personally engaged several regional leaders and youths. Senior officials of his administration also engaged many Niger Delta leaders and youths. Very significant is that Mr President mandated the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, to visit virtually all the oil-producing states, engaging various stakeholders. This is unprecedented in the history of the region. Such engagement processes have brought some measure of peace in the Niger Delta. Things can only get better”.
Uduaghan further disclosed that, “beyond the engagement processes, the Buhari administration has embarked on some infrastructural and human capital development activities in the region.”
He said, “In Delta State, the opening of a Maritime University; the setting up of a steering committee for the EPZ (GAS CITY), the plan for a deep sea port, the dredging of the Escravos-Warri River; the opening of the railway line to Delta Steel Company, the soon to be flagged off, by Mr. President, the Omadino-Escravos Road that will pass through many riverine communities; the various road construction works by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the various TCN projects across the State are some of the positive activities in the region”.
“There are also various human capital development programmes especially the school feeding and the “social security net” that is making 5,000 Naira available to the poor, the continuation of the YouWin programme, the various SME programmes, and several other projects across the region that has brought hope to the people”.
Uduaghan further said, “In this era of partisan politics, it is necessary for the people of the Niger Delta, and Delta State, in particular, to identify more with the Federal Government led by the APC. By so doing, we can push some of the agreements between our leaders and the Federal Government through, and also engage the government to do more.”
However, he enjoined other well-meaning leaders in the region, who have very useful contributions to make, to come on board and join hands in supporting the Federal Government to pursue a robust development agenda that would uplift their people.