…As Tinubu Promises To Complete East-West Road.

ASABA- Bight Newspaper reports that Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, his Delta counterpart, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and other stakeholders have called on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Niger Delta Ministry to collaborate more effectively with subnational governments in the region.

They spoke at the 6th meeting of the National Council on Niger Delta (NCND) at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, Delta State, on Tuesday, with the theme “Stimulating Strategies for Economic Growth and Development in the Niger Delta Region.”

Declaring the meeting open, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, assured that his administration would prioritize the completion of the East-West Road in view of its importance not only to the Niger Delta states but to the entire country.

He said the administration was repositioning the Niger Delta Development Ministry and the NDDC to harmonize all development plans of agencies and partners operating in the region into a single integrated regional development plan to actualize their mandate.

Represented by the Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, the President restated his commitment towards resuscitating refineries in the country to ensure petroleum products availability and reduction in their retail prices.

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His word: “It will gladden you to note that my administration has demonstrated interest in repositioning the NDDC to ensure it delivers optimally on its objectives and mandate, and to make it achievements manifest in different sectors of life across the Niger Delta region.

“The East-West Road project is the largest infrastructure project in Nigeria today, and the reason is not far-fetched; It is a very strategic road connecting the nation’s busiest and foremost commercial cities in the country.

“Its completion is a priority to this administration, and this I assure you will be delivered in the very nearest future. On a broader scale, we are dedicated to ensuring that our local refineries across the Nicer Delta and other parts of the country are made operational soonest.”

In his goodwill message, Governor Diri noted that effective collaboration between the Niger Delta Ministry, the NDDC and the nine states would fast-track the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta.

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The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, maintained that such cooperation would equally enable the ministry and the interventionist agency to better deliver on their mandate.

He stressed the need for big ticket infrastructural projects, such as seaports, roads, bridges and gas turbines to generate power for aggressive industrial development for job and wealth creation in the region.

While thanking the NDDC and the Ministry of Niger Delta Development for organizing the meeting, Governor Diri cautioned all stakeholders against paying lip service to the implementation of resolutions reached at such meetings.

In their separate remarks, the Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and his Imo State counterpart, Senator Hope Uzodinma, said it was high time the resources meant for the region were used for its development.

Governor Oborevwori emphasized the need for NDDC and the Niger Delta ministry to complete their uncompleted projects in the region, particularly the East-West road, which had been under construction for decades.

Presenting a 3-page communique at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Niger Delta Development, Mr Abubakar Momoh, said Council noted the effort of his ministry on agricultural training and empowerment initiatives in the region for job and wealth creation among youth, women and vulnerable groups.

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He added that Council also considered and approved some memoranda including the one submitted by the Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment on the need to increase investment in the provision of storage facilities and value chain to preserve agricultural produce for sustained growth.

“That the Ministry of Niger Delta Development (MNDD) and the Niger Delta Development Commission and the nine states take appropriate steps to train and empower youths on the conversion of PMS to CNG-powered machineries in the Niger Delta Region….”, the communique read in part.

Mr Momoh announced that the date for the next National Council on Niger Delta (NCND) meeting, which is scheduled to hold in Imo State would be communicated in due course of time.

Pictures taken from the meeting;

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