The Oasis Reporters
February 23, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the people of Niger Delta of his administration’s commitment to ensuring a rapid development in the region.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President explained that this will be achieved by consolidating on all ongoing projects and initiating new ones to create more economic opportunities and jobs for the people.
He made this known on Friday when he received the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Ikenwoli was accompanied on the visit by the former Governor of Delta state Emmanuel Uduaghan as well as other chiefs such as Ayiri Emami, Brown Mene, Roland Oritsejafor, and Charles Ajuyah.
The President told the delegation led by the Olu of Warri that developing the region remains a priority for his administration, adding that under his watch every region in the country would witness increased investments in critical infrastructure.
He therefore, appealed to the people of Niger Delta to complement ongoing efforts by the Federal government to bring more development in the region by maintaining peace, security and harmony.
Furthermore, he promised to look into some of the concerns raised by the delegation including the dredging of Escravos bar for Warri and Koko ports, the gas revolution industrial park and EPZ project in Ogidigben, the ecological challenges in Ode-Itsekiri, Ugborodo, Orere/Yanagho and Ogheye-Eghoroke, among others.
The President also used the occasion to commend Itsekiri people for producing men of strong convictions like Prof Itse Sagay, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption (PACAC).
“Thanks for producing a man like Prof. Itse Sagay, who is defending us robustly and stepping on many toes in the process. If he’s not a man of conviction, he couldn’t have done that.
“What he is doing is exceptional. Despite coming from a minority area, he’s showing overwhelming influence at the centre.
“Prof, I never had the opportunity to thank you personally for all you’re doing. Thank you very much,” the President said.
The Olu of Warri, who commiserated with the President over the loss of his two extended family members, also commended him for achieving his campaign promises on the fight against insurgency and corruption, as well as the successes recorded in reducing criminal acts of vandalism of oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta.