Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that the Federal Government will ensure the completion of the ongoing projects that have kicked off in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Prof. Osinbajo disclosed this in a statement released by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The statement was read by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Office of the Vice-President, Mr Edobor Iyamu, at the 6th Anniversary Lecture/Niger Delta Awards organized by Gbaramatu Voice Newspaper in Lagos.
The statement reads:
“In 2017, following my tour of the Niger Delta, which involved extensive consultations with key stakeholders in the region, the new vision for the Niger Delta was birthed in response to the various challenges which had been plaguing our people.
“The objective of this new vision is to ensure that the people of the region benefit maximally from their wealth, through promoting infrastructural developments, environmental remediation and local content development.
“As part of the quest to expand economic opportunities in the region, this administration has promoted investments in modular refineries.
“The objective of this initiative is to address our present energy demands and empower the Niger Delta people through promoting local content.
“It is important to note that the Ogoni clean-up is the first of its kind in the history of the Niger Delta.
”Indeed, this is the first time the Federal Government is directly involved in remediation activities within the region.
“We are equally committed to expanding infrastructure in the region, this includes the ongoing construction work on the 34-km Bonny-Bodo Road/Bridge, which has been abandoned for decades.
“When completed, the project, which was flagged off in October 2017, will connect several major communities and boost socio-economic development in the region.
“Beyond its oil wealth, the Niger Delta region is incredibly blessed with diverse human capital across education, sports, technology, creative arts, entertainment, economy, and many other sectors.
“This includes the SolarPowerNaija Programme under the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) which will complement efforts toward providing affordable electricity access to 5 million households, serving about 25 million Nigerians in rural areas and under-served urban communities nationwide,” it added.
Source: Voice of Nigeria