Facebook Live with Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani — May 4, 2017 #NDNewVision

Watch the full Facebook Live Video here: https://web.facebook.com/TheAsoVilla/videos/vb.448436902013711/628709620653104/?type=3&theater

Highlights:

  1. THE NEW VISION FOR THE NIGER DELTA

The New Vision for Niger Delta by the Buhari administration is to ensure that the people of Niger Delta and the region itself are given the attention they deserve, in accordance with their economic importance to the Nigerian state. Government at the highest level — the Presidency — is directly engaging with the people of the Niger Delta, and with their State Governments, as seen in the Tour of the region by Vice President Osinbajo.

2. OGONI CLEANUP

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on the Ogoni clean-up is being tangibly implemented by the Buhari administration. Part of this initiative involves entrepreneurial training, and distributing take-off grants in affected communities to enable beneficiaries set up small-scale enterprises.

3. ILLEGAL REFINERIES

The intention of the Government is to create a viable and conducive environment for the operation and supervision of privately-driven modular refineries. Partnership is very important to ensure that every stakeholder benefits. State Governments and communities are being carried along to ensure the success of the scheme. One of the goals is to find a way of ensuring that people who currently operate illegitimately are able to get the kind of training required to operate in a legitimate manner.

4. EAST-WEST ROAD

This is a very viable project that is being limited by inadequate funding. Section 1 of the road is virtually completed, and the Government is keen to complete the remaining sections. At present, everything is being done to ensure that the project benefits from the China-Africa Infrastructure Facility Funding. The application is being reviewed by the China EXIM Bank. While the Government awaits the outcome of that process, government-funded work is ongoing on the project, though at a small scale because of current limited funding.

5. 2016 AUDIT REPORT OF ABANDONED AND UNCOMPLETED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN THE NIGER DELTA (2009–2015)

A memo has been prepared for presentation to the Federal Executive Council (FEC), seeking the implementation of the report. The memo should be presented in the next few weeks. After presentation, an implementation vehicle will be created to supervise the implementation of the report.

6. STAKEHOLDERS IN THE NEW VISION FOR THE NIGER DELTA

First, on a larger scale, every Nigerian is a stakeholder because we are all beneficiaries. The primary stakeholders in the innermost segment are those who come from and reside in the Niger delta place, who bear the consequences of economic activities based on oil exploitation in the region. These are the first stakeholders for consideration. The other stakeholders will be those who come in as investors. Our regulatory institutions are automatically also stakeholders.

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