Nigeria secures $1 billion from SPDC to develop Niger Delta - Osinbajo

Meanwhile, Osinbajo has regretted that the oil producing communities in Imo State have largely been neglected by the federal government and noted that the time has come for the communities concerned to receive adequate attention like their counterparts in other states.

The group called on the people of the Niger Delta region to be calm and maintain the existing peace for the Federal Government to redeem its pledge of pragmatic development and peace in the region.

The acting president however, promised that the federal government would look at the ways to redress the injustice done the area by given more attention to the state.

He called on the Federal government to revamp and complete some of the uncompleted and ailing infrastructure like the Bodo/Bonny federal road, some part of the East/West road and Port Harcourt International Airport.

The oil rebels say they want a fairer share of Nigeria's multi-billion-dollar oil wealth for the Niger delta people as well as greater political autonomy.

He stated that government acknowledged the fact that part of the crisis in the region was as a result of negative impact from oil exploration by oil multinationals.

The Ag. President commended the oil producing communities for being peaceful despite the various socio economic challenges they are facing in the area. The Governing Council and Board of Trustees were inaugurated in November 2016 and have since had two meetings.

Earlier, in his remarks, Governor Nyesom Wike said his administration's mandate is to partner the federal government and not be at war. President for his visit to identify with the people of the Niger Delta and Rivers in particular.

The governor lamented that though the state contributes so much for the economic development of the nation, there is nothing to show for it. Speaking yesterday at the 2017 Murtala Muhammed Memorial lecture in Abuja, Osinbajo expressed regrets that the spirit of the Nigerian project had degenerated to the extent that, "The first question we ask is not what is the worth of a man or a woman, or what he or she can do but where he or she is from or what religious label he is wearing". President would usher in a new vista of hope for the region. We also urge the federal government to commence clean up processes of the Koluama oil spill in Bayelsa.

Also, a representative of the host communities, Chief Hope Opusingi, urged the federal government to direct soldiers posted to the region to also protect the people and not only oil installations.

Kio Briggs also called for the reinstatement of the six dismissed policemen attached to Wike who were dismissed by the police authority on electoral issues.

The minister said the administration is determined to tackle the militancy and achieve peace in the region.

The Amnesty Programme, according to the minister, will also be decentralised, explaining that the federal government can no longer fund the programme alone as a result of dwindling oil revenue.

In response, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said he was in support of the 16-point agenda submitted by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) to the Federal Government.

  • Zachary Reyes