Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo with Niger Delta Elders

The myriads of problems confronting the Niger Delta region over the past 50 years are proposed to be deliberated on in the 3rd National Council on Niger Delta Region meeting set to hold in Umuahia, the Abia state capital on the 22nd to 27th of July 2018.

A statement issued on behalf of the Minister of the Niger Delta Pastor Usani Uguru Usani by the Director of Press Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs Mr. Marshall Gundu disclosed that the council will deliberate on many issues among which are infrastructural development,  environmental Management, human capital development, security, and agriculture concerning.

Among the dignitaries expected at the August’s event is the Vice-President of Nigeria Professor Yemi Osinbajo who will deliver a keynote address to the participants. Also billed to attend the conference are all the Niger Delta and oil-producing governors, political office holders in the region, academicians, top businessmen, royal fathers as well as youths and women leaders.

Marshall Gundu revealed further that the theme of the council meeting would be “Fostering Synergy and Institutional Coordination for Development in the Niger Delta Region”

Explaining the importance of holding the national council meeting often, Marshall quoted Osinbajo as stating in the 2nd National Council Meeting on the Niger Delta held in 2017 in Akure that “the holding of the national council meeting regularly will fast-track the development of the Niger Delta region.

Gundu also associated the upcoming meeting to the vision and commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to chart a new of life for the region by encouraging the meeting of this stature.

Pastor Usani Uguru Usani

Gundu listed other would be participants that would grace the occasion other than those already mentioned to include various stakeholders in the oil and gas sector of the Nigerian economy.

civil societies, development partners, while the meeting will be chaired by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Pastor Usani Uguru Usani.