Okowa Says Osinbajo’s Visit Would Enhance N/Delta Development

Delta Govt. To Partner With NDDC On ProjectsThe Delta State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa, says the visit of the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, now affords the Federal Government a proper view of the issues and challenges being faced by the people in the Niger Delta region.

The governor said this while giving an assessment of the vice president’s recent tour of the area.

He also expressed confidence that the development would enable the government adopt the right approach in dealing with the Niger Delta question.

A group that calls themselves the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for attacks on oil and gas facilities in the region, gradually dipping the nation’s oil production which had hit 2.4 million barrels per day in the post-amnesty era.

For a nation that depends largely on sales of crude oil for its revenue, a drop in production at a time of volatile oil prices is a huge threat to the her economy.

Mr Osinbajo’s visit to Gbaramatu Kindom in Delta state, Bayelsa state and Imo state among others, has however centered on discussing how to achieve peace that would lead to the improvement in crude oil production and resolve the youth restiveness in the region.

He has assured the oil producing states of the Federal Government’s readiness to genuinely draw a road-map, that would  lead to the peace and development.

Imo Govt. Approves 2bn Naira For Infrastructural Development

Imo Govt. Approves 2bn Naira For Infrastructural Development The Imo state government has approved the sum of two billion Naira as take-off funds for the rehabilitation and construction of major infrastructure in the oil producing Ohaji Egbema and Oguta local government areas.

The state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, disclosed this at a meeting with the members of the Imo state Amnesty committee in Owerri, the state capital south east Nigeria.

The meeting is the first of its kind after the inauguration of the Imo amnesty committee in October 2016.

Weeks after granting the amnesty, the government set up the committee, to carry out specific tasks of consolidating on the success of the amnesty and ensuring that peace returns to the areas.

The committee which is headed by the wife of the Imo state Governor Nkechinyere Okorocha, is also saddled with the responsibility of developing and rehabilitating the areas.

3 months after its inauguration, the committee reported that about 2,800 ex-militants registered for the programme and were ready to seek peace in the region.

Mr Okoracha then explained that the funds were being released in order to sustain the success thus far.

In his words “If you can remember, we had amnesty to over 2,000 militants in Ohaji Egbema and Oguta last year and shortly after that, we inaugurated the amnesty committee headed by the First Lady.

“After 3 months, they are back to give their reports and as you can see, they have registered about 2,800 militants with their forms, and in order to meet up their demands, we are approving the sum of two billion Naira for the take off of rehabilitation works and construction in the area” the Governor said

Furthermore, he stated: “We also made available some funds as financial assistance to some of the ex-militants in order to start a business of their choice, this will go a long way to solving their problems”.

Excited about this development, the committee said they would move to the area as soon as possible, to commence the rehabilitation and construction of schools, hospitals and other meaningful projects that would restore the pride of the communities.

NIGER DELTA: Communities Celebrate 9 Years Of Capacity Building

Some communities in the Niger Delta are celebrating 9 years of consistent development and capacity building by Chevron Nigeria Limited, through their Global Memorandum Of Understanding, GMOU.

The GMOU which was signed with 8 communities in 2005 has seen almost a decade of empowerment of member communities in 5 states funded by Chevron.

The community leaders say over 600,000 people in about 400 communities have benefited from the initiative under which over 91 million dollars has been expended.

Niger Delta: Governors clamour for higher revenue allocation

The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMFAC) have been asked to design fresh strategies for addressing problems associated with the impact of oil exploration.

Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, explained that his administration had already taken the initiative by using oil revenue to develop other sectors of the state’s economy.

He also renewed the demand for 50% oil revenue derivation for oil producing states which he said will go a long way in helping the communities affected by oil spills.

FG approves 44 projects for Niger Delta region

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved 44 infrastructural projects to help bring development to the Niger Delta region.

Briefing state house correspondents after the council meeting, the minister of information, Labaran Maku said the approval is part of the phased development of the Niger Delta from the funds that accrue to that region from the Niger Delta commission.

Also, the federal executive council approved a policy for Nigeria to deal with issues on climate change in the country.