AKPABIO & KEYAMO
The newly appointed Minister of the Niger Delta region Mr. Godswill Akpabio has promised the people and states in the Niger Delta that at least one mega project will be established and commissioned within the first twenty-four months of President Buhari second term Presidency.
Akpabio is reported to have made the promise to members of the Youth for Peace and Development in the Niger Delta when the latter paid him a courtesy call in Abuja.
A statement released by the Head of Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, Dworitshe Patricia said the minister was very upbeat about the daunting challenges facing the Niger Delta people and his ministry and was ready to confront it headlong.
As a first step towards putting the region back on the track of purposeful development, the minister is planning a tour of all the states in the Niger Delta to make an on the spot assessment and inspection so as to determine the most important need of individual states.
Bad state of East-West Road in Niger Delta
The tour will also afford the federal government the opportunity to make an assessment of all projects in the Niger Delta in order to determine the level of impact of its activities and programmes.
Part of the statement read “the minister said the Federal Government had plans to carry out a situation analysis of the projects executed in Niger Delta.
“According to the minister, a critical assessment of the situation in the region will enable the government to assess the impact of its activities and programmes in the region to formulate new policy programmes in the drive to effectively address the challenges in the region.
The statement added that “the minister promised to visit each state in the region to assess the immediate situation on the ground and report back to the president. He also promised that everything would be put in place to ensure that the president inaugurates at least one key project in each state of the region in the next 24 months.”