The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Umana Okon Umana has restated the commitment of the Ministry in partnering with major stakeholders and development partners to ensure the development of the Niger Delta region and Nigeria.
The Minister disclosed this when the former Senior Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang visited him recently in Abuja.
A statement by the Ministry’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Patricia Deworitshe quoted Mr. Umana as saying, “The Ministry is committed to supporting you in all of these initiatives so that we would have maximum benefit in the development of the region and Nigeria at large”.
Commenting on oil theft, he explained that though complicated, no option would be excluded in tackling the menace, adding that efforts are made to maintain peace and tranquility in the region.
Umana stressed that the Ministry is taking steps to review the already concluded audit report of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), as it would provide a proper foundational template for the implementation and execution of projects in the region.
He therefore promised to do his best to support efforts, initiatives and programmes that will lead to the Ministry’s achievement of its objectives and mandate.
Earlier, Minister of State, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Sharon Ikeazor, stated that there should be effective coordination of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to promote developmental projects in the region.
“The region would be highly interested in aqua-culture, therefore we would coordinate and research intervention partners and agencies that have been doing great job in the Niger Delta region without the knowledge of the ministry for the sustainability of the development of the region”, she further stated.
Briefing the Ministers on his activities while in office, the former Senior Special Assistant on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang, opined that the focus of his office has been on Niger Delta economic diversification.
“My office has been working with various MDAs to ensure programmes and projects such as agriculture (Oil alternative programmes), fisheries are executed in the interest of the Niger Delta people, I therefore solicit for the continuation of the projects by the Ministry in order to achieve the desired goal”, he stated.
In a related development, the Minister also received the Niger Delta Youth Council of Nigeria (NDYCN), while acknowledging the group as part of the critical stakeholders, he pledged to work with them as inputs are needed from all stakeholders in the implementation of the Ministry’s agenda and programmes that would impact positively on the Niger Deltans.
He assured the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to the development of the region while urging the youth to provide an enabling environment, right leadership, maintain orderliness which would help the ministry and Federal Government to accomplish their expectations.
The President of the Niger Delta Youth Council of Nigeria (NDYCN), Comrade Ufuoma Victor Erharhine, while commending the efforts of the Honourable Ministers, urged them to project programmes and activities that would benefit the poor in the region.
He assured the Ministers of their support and provided an enabling environment for the Ministry’s activities to thrive in the Niger Delta region.