The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has put to task the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Usani Uguru, and his Minister of State, Cladius Omoleye Daramola, on the development of the Niger Delta Region.
The Rivers State APC chairman, Dr. Ibiamu Davies Ikanya set the agenda ad gave the taak in congratulatory messages he sent to the two ministers.
The party charged the ministers to become agents of change who would turn around the fortunes of the Niger Delta for the better.
Ikanya, described the ministers as seasoned and patriotic administrators whose appointments demonstrates President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire for the immediate emancipation and development of the Niger Delta region.
The party chairman advised the ministers “to convoke, as a matter of urgency, a Summit of Niger Delta Elders and Stakeholders to proffer solutions to the myriad of problems facing the region so as to make the work of the honourable ministers easier.”
Ikanya declared “We are convinced that if some of these ideas are implemented, the vision of President Buhari for the Niger Delta region may have been accomplished.”.
The APC advocated for reorganisation/ reformation and Streamlining of the Amnesty Programme to make it more effective and thus ensure greater stability and security of the region while the programme should also be made to accommodate Cross River and Imo states as the exclusion of the youths of these two states poses a security risk to the region.
The ministry should complete and equip the Skills Acquisition Centres in the region, and make them functional so as to train Niger Delta youths and women, empowering them to become meaningfully engaged on a sustainable basis.
The statement called for the immediate completion of the East-West Road, as well as construction of the East-West Coastal Rail Line; and the •Said human capacity development topped the agenda of the Buhari-led administration. •The biggest challenge confronting the country today is the high level of unemployment among our youths. •As part of its agenda in the area of education, this government places human capacity development among its top priorities. Fact Box complete overhaul of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to stamp out the massive corruption going on there and make it more effective.
The party also demanded for the release of funds due to the NDDC to enable it complete on-going projects and initiate new ones to meet the needs of the people of the Niger Delta people.
Other demands included the creation of an Eco-friendly environment by embarking upon projects that will protect Niger Delta communities from oil spillage and gas flaring.
Direct funding of host communities and effective partnering between oil companies and their host communities; relocation of corporate headquarters of oil companies to areas of their operations as well as ensure Environmental Impact Assessment for all projects to be executed in the Niger Delta.
The party challenged the ministers to ensure that the Niger Delta gets its fair share of appointments and employment opportunities so as to reduce the massive unemployment of the youths of the region; ensure even distribution of projects and facilities as the deliberate exclusion of some communities is a time bomb that may explode at anytime, and give qualified contractors from the Niger Delta priority consideration in the award of contracts as a means of further empowering the people of the region.
– Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt