The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has shown its disgust to the agencies mandated with the role of developing the Niger Delta such as the Niger Delta Development Commission and the Ministry of Niger Delta for failing in their physical roles.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made this known on Friday, July 12, when he paid a courtesy call to the Ebenanaowei (King) of Ogulagha Kingdom, HRM, Captain Joseph Timiyan I, at Obotobo in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
Osinbajo was led to the palace by the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, to perform the commissioning of a 20.29 KM Obotobo 1- Obotobo 11 – Sokebolou – Yokri Road in Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu council area and the Main Axial Road in Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West council area.
The Federal Government (FG) however gave the people of Niger Delta hope, saying that they would see development than they had ever seen before the end of Buhari 2nd term of office.
Lamenting, the FG said it was disappointed in NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta and other agencies in the region in not developing the area, despite huge resources it had invested in the agencies.
The FG added that it would sit with the state government to look into critical areas of infrastructural development of the state.
“The NDDC in many respect has not met the expectations of the oil-producing states; a lot of money is invested in NDDC and the Ministry of the Niger Delta because the real reason they were created is to speed up the development of oil-rich communities,” said Osinbajo.
He added, “We will sit with the Delta State Governor to look at specific areas to develop in the creeks.”
"Any faceless individual coming to create more anarchy in our region should desist and embrace peace, as we will not allow saboteurs to instigate unruly act here. We are ready to partner with the security forces to maintain peace in the Niger Delta"