President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government towards implementing the concerns raised by the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, outlined in a 16-point agenda as minimum preconditions for peace and stability in the oil-rich region.
As contained in a statement made available by Patricia Deworitshe, Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Buhari gave the assurance on Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State while addressing stakeholders at the 4th meeting of the National Council on Niger Delta.
President Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Niger Delta, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, noted that the outcome of the federal government engagement with elders in the region has provided his administration the opportunity to ascertain the diverse needs of stakeholders in the region and experience some of the critical developmental challenges confronting the people of the region.
Buhari claimed that the relative peace in the region was a manifestation of the commitment of government to implement those concerns expressed by PANDEF.
While noting that his government is repositioning the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the Amnesty Programme to ensure they deliver on their objectives and mandate, he added that the completion of the East-West road, which is priority to his administration, has been handed over to the Niger Delta ministry and will be delivered by the end of 2021 or early March 2022.
“The on-going forensic audit of NDDC is expected to reposition the Commission and galvanize it towards optimal performance to provide the needed infrastructural and socio-economic development for the people of the Niger Delta Region.
“I am aware that due to the commitment and efforts of the Honourable Minister, the NDDC Headquarters Building, which has been on-going in the last 24 years, has been completed and awaiting commissioning,” he added.
Earlier in his welcome address, Akpabio explained that the council is poised to achieve optimal utilization of funds and provide landmark infrastructures in the region.
He added that provision has been made in the 2021 budget estimate towards the completion of the East-West Road, which he said was the flagship project of the ministry.
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