FG accelerates security, infrastructural development Niger Delta ― Minister

Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Umana Okon Umana, has reassured Nigerians about the federal government’s commitment to accelerate the transformation of the Niger Delta region.

Umana made this known during a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 5th National Council on the Niger Delta Region in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on the theme of ‘Harnessing 21st Century Development Initiatives as Strategies for Greater Development Impacts in the Niger Delta’ .

The minister described the conference’s theme as “an appropriate focus on the compelling requirements of new strategies, fresh ideas that can chart a path to the development paradigm that can more effectively address intractable problems that have hitherto defy traditional solutions.

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“The theme of this year’s conference speaks clearly about why the Ministry was established: to steer the federal government’s development plan for the region by formulating realistic policies and practical programs that can be efficiently implemented to mitigate the fate of the region. of the people in the region. .”

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The rapid achievements within the Ministry’s mandate for achievable transformation of the region that the Ministry has embarked on include harmonizing and coordinating the implementation of the Niger Delta Action Plan, the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan and other relevant plans and programs to rapid socio-economic development of the region.

Others should oversee and supervise the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), actively collaborating and collaborating with other relevant agencies, development partners, international oil companies (IOCs) and other stakeholders in infrastructure development, investment in social services and institutional capacity for the region.

The minister revealed the progress made by the ministry on, among other things, repositioning the NDDC to achieve its core mandate and submitting the forensic audit report to the president while awaiting the white paper.

Declaring the meeting open, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by Environment Minister Mohammed Abdullahi, reiterated the government’s efforts and commitments to address the challenges of underdevelopment and insecurity in the Niger Delta region through various programs to meet the diverse needs of stakeholders in the region.

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He urged stakeholders and participants to express their views on various issues that will foster growth and promote peace and security in the region.

At the event, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, represented by the Secretary of the State Government (SSG), Dr. Emmanuel Ekanem expressed optimism that cooperation and synergy between the State and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs developing and expanding steps already taken.

According to him, “I am hopeful, however, that in the future and based on the numerous memoranda of understanding that this meeting, which started last Monday, may have opened up new perspectives on collaborations and agreements with member states of the commission and the ministry. are portrayed.” .”

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