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Allow govt to execute projects in your region, Buhari tells Niger Delta people

By Terhemba Daka and Matthew Ogune, Abuja
29 July 2022   |   4:01 am
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on people of the Niger Delta to exercise restraint and allow an atmosphere conducive to implementation of developmental projects planned for the region.

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on people of the Niger Delta to exercise restraint and allow an atmosphere conducive to implementation of developmental projects planned for the region.

He made the appeal in Abuja, yesterday, at the opening of a two-day management retreat organised by Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

The President, who expressed government’s commitment to give people of the region “a new lease of life,” said his administration is poised to implement more prudent policies and programmes towards a better Niger Delta.

Represented by Minister of Transportation, Muazu Jaji Sambo, Buhari said: “I urge all well-meaning Nigerians, especially Niger Deltans, to exercise restraint and ensure a favourable and secure environment for implementation of the several developmental projects and programmes in the region.”

He, particularly, cited the ongoing East-West Road Project, which he described as one of the largest infrastructure in Nigeria, and also “strategic” in connecting the country’s busiest and foremost commercial cities in the region.

He said the project is of priority to the administration and promised it would be completed before the end of his tenure next year.

Earlier, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Okon Umana, assured of the ministry’s readiness to utilise the few months left of the administration to boost development in the region.

The minister also called on stakeholders in the region to partner with government to consolidate gains.

He added: “There is an urgent need to constantly adapt to new strategies to help President Muhammadu Buhari reposition the NDDC to achieve desired objectives of his administration for the region. This entails shifting our approach and modifying institutions and systems to deliver better infrastructural and socio-economic development for the good people of the Niger Delta.”