The Minister for Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Usani Uguru has said the Federal Government is ready to partner India on training, youth development and security of investments in the Niger Delta region.
According to Daily Trust, Usani, while receiving the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Abhay Thakur, in Abuja on Tuesday said Nigeria looks forward to further high level engagements with India, especially in politics.
“The Niger Delta is suffering a lot of things, communities in the region are being submerged under the sea due to serious coastal problems,” he added.
Meanwhile while more measures are been provided by the Federal Government, as partnerships are coming in locally and internationally to ensure that the standard of living of the people improves and the region is well cleaned up.
The Minister further stated that in every raining season, not less than 10 to 20 communities are being lost in some States in the Niger Delta region due to flooding.
In the same vein, the Minister of State, Prof Claudius Daramola called on Indian Government to establish Indian Hospitals in Nigeria, saying such will check medical tourism.
Mr. Thakur said there was growth in his country’s collaboration with Nigeria, noting that his country was committed to further collaboration on investments, power, and agriculture and youth empowerment in the Niger Delta region.
He also said his country had a capacity building programme tagged, “Indian Technical and Economic Corporation (ITEC) Programme” under which his country had received several representatives from Niger Delta region of Nigeria,” adding that more youth in Nigeria, especially those from the Niger Delta region could tap from such programme.
It has been estimated that the cleanup of the Niger Delta region, including full restoration of the swamps, creeks, fishing, grounds, and mangroves in Ogoniland, could take up to 25 years. However, the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari has continued in its strides to ensure that issues concerning the people of the Niger Delta are attended to through the Ogoni clean-up efforts, which is part of the administration’s Niger Delta New Vision to develop the region.
Niger Deltans are excited due to the continuity of the amnesty programme, also scholarships are given to indigenes to further their education, women and youths are empowered to startup businesses to improve their standard of living, while provision are being made for good water and health care facilities for the people in the region.