4 Aug 2017

No Going Back On New Vision for Niger Delta, Says Osinbajo

Abuja has remained resolute about its plan to develop the Niger Delta region which has suffered environmental degradation due to decades of oil exploration.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday night declared that no effort would be spared to implement the new vision for the Niger Delta.

Stressing that the Federal Government has been committed to the vision, he said the government would be fair to all parties towards implementation of the vision.

He stated these during over three hours closed doors meeting with members of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the acting President endorsed the integration of PANDEF in the Federal Government’s Inter-Ministerial Group tasked with the implementation of the vision.

According to him, the federal government is fully committed to realising a new and prosperous Niger Delta developed through forthright partnerships between federal government, state governments, private sector and local communities.

He said: “We are fully committed and thankful for your contributions and feedback. We are working on this day by day. From the beginning, we took the 16-point demand very seriously and we also developed our own plan mostly based on those demands.

“Personally, I believe the issues of the Niger Delta must be addressed. When I undertook the visit to the Niger Delta region, my sole intention for participating in this process is that we need forthrightness and a hands-on approach.

“There is no week that has passed that I have not held one meeting or the other on the Niger Delta issue. I have spent quality time looking at how we can implement this (new vision).

“It can’t be done overnight. We are also looking at the integrity of the process so we can meet our targets. We are not out of line. Everything is on course the way we set it out. We have got to do it right.”

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