The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has disclosed that the just concluded National Council on Niger Delta had considered measures that would end the challenges of physical infrastructure, shoreline protection, security and unemployment in the region, a statement from the ministry of Niger delta has said.
The statement which was signed by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Marshall Gundu quoted the minister as saying: “We have taken into cognisance memos that have to do with physical infrastructures, youth, and women, vulnerable, physically challenged, coastal line protection, peace and security.”
The Minister revealed who made the statement on Wednesday, at the closing ceremony of the Second National Council on Niger Delta which took place in Akure, Ondo State said job creation is a major concern of the Federal Government, adding that it accounted for Government’s initiative for the revitalisation of moribund industries in the region. “Government is also expanding space for agricultural chain production so that more people can be involved in this sector to create jobs,” he added.
He commended the involvement of participating agencies at the Council and those who presented Memos, stressing that their respective inputs would guide government to foster on the frontiers of progress and development of the agenda, projects and programmes of the ministry concerning the Niger Delta region for the benefit of those living in the region.”
He added that this year’s Council had given the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs opportunity to ‘take bearing from the outcome of the first National Council which took place in 2013 and to also convey the results of our appraisals of how well we have come with the implementation of decisions reached.’
The Minister reiterated that the appraisals of the 2013 Council would serve as the foundation for the new steps being taken by the Ministry in tandem with the challenges and dynamic posture of the environment of the Ministry and the Niger Delta region, which suggests a projection of ‘where we intend to land, considering the outcome of the current Council.’
Usani who appealed to the people and residents of the Niger Delta region to support government in efforts to sustain peace and stability, protection of lives and properties of the people said: “The worst nature of peace is better than the best attitude of violence.”