Nigerian govt issues fresh directives on Niger Delta

FILE PHOTO: Acting President Osinbajo speaking at the Niger Delta town-hall stakeholder's meeting in Rivers State. 13th Feb 2017. Photo: Novo Isioro.

The Federal Government has issued a new set of directives in its bid to accelerate the implementation of the Buhari administration’s new vision for the development of the Niger Delta.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo issued the directives at a recent meeting of the inter-ministerial working group, following up on the renewed Niger Delta interactive engagements of the Buhari administration.

For instance, the federal government has given all contractors including those handling Niger Delta Development Commission projects in the region a 30-day ultimatum from Tuesday to return to site or face prosecution.

The Federal Government has also specifically directed that the list of all contractors who have not returned to site within the stipulated period be compiled and submitted to the Ministry of Justice and the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission for investigation and prosecution.

A concerted implementation work plan that would respond to the developmental issues and projects proposed by PANDEF is also being prepared, while fresh mandates are also being issued to all the relevant MDAs as appropriate.

This includes the FG’s directive to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources; the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC; the Ministries of Niger Delta Affairs; Environment; Power, Works and Housing to proceed with the design and implementation of work plans in line with the administration’s new vision for the region.

Ministries and agencies of government involved in furthering the establishment of the Maritime University at Okerenkoko in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, have also been directed to come up with a clear path to the eventual actualisation of the objective including consideration for a possible and timely take-off grant for the university.

The meeting also discussed the plans to continue presidential visits to the remaining states with oil-producing communities so as to effectively conclude the interactive engagements with the people of the region.

Specific instructions have also been given to the Ministry of Environment to ensure and report on the progress of the Ogoni Clean-up, for which a Project Office is now located in Rivers State and is functional.

A directive has also been issued to the Ministry of Environment for a plan to commence considerations for the clean-up of other polluted areas in the oil-producing communities.

The membership of the Niger Delta inter-ministerial group comprises officials from the presidency, all relevant ministries including the Petroleum Resources, Niger Delta Affairs, Environment, Power, Works and Housing, and Office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme among other MDAs.


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  • TrueFairGame

    I hope the militants will give peace a chance and see if the intention of the Government is sincere. While i sympathize with the NigerDeltans i blame their elites over the years and their leaders for not putting the resources into judicious use. ‘If you decide to be killing yourself, do you expect somebody else to kill himself to save you?’ This is the situation of the Niger delta.

    Before militancy, for example warri was vibrant with white people all over making the place as home then suddenly kidnapping started and gradually most offices left and operate from safer places. The militants never knew the long term effects of their action on the society.
    With security, there wont be reason for companies to go far to locate their head offices, the place would have developed naturally beyond what we can see now. It reaches to a point that you must pay militant to execute developmental project in the communities why?

    So government simply award contracts for the money to be squandered and the project abandoned.

    • Efe Agbaro

      “I blame their elites over the years…bla bla bla bla “…………………. Do you even know what you are talking about? Or you think people from Niger Delta are as daft and pedestrian as you in thoughts and disposition. Perhaps you even think the noble people of the Niger Delta do not even know what they want. I see mumudity in every word and sentence you managed to construct and I wonder if you have read them to yourself.

      “Before militancy, for example warri was vibrant with white people all
      over making the place as home then suddenly kidnapping started and
      gradually most offices left and operate from safer places.” ……………that same Warri a city where oil was discovered and has been exported since 1958/59, no Airport of even local standard existed until the Locals began to kidnap your ‘white’ men who hitherto felt comfortable using tiny airstrips for their executives while all the monies built airports in barren deserts i Sokoto, Kano, Maiduguri etc (states which contribute virtually nothing to the Nigerian coffers). Can you deny this? So in every way, the kidnapping of whites you refer to was necessary and indeed worked. The same principle is to be employed in the relocation of head offices to the Niger Delta.

      Let it be clear, the is no alternative to relocation of head offices to the Niger Delta countries. The only alternative is to leave. Period!

      • Nnamdi Ugwuadu

        Efe not only did we not have air ports, what of embassy? why must our people travel to Lagos & Abuja before we get visa? They used our oil money to develop Lagos & Abuja and left the entire Niger Delta states undeveloped. They should stop blowing their kom kom trumpet and start doing whatever they can do. They should equally stop blaming our leaders. When they were busy using our oil money to develop Abuja, they did not blow any trumpet. Our children are only engaged as contract workers while the non Niger Deltas are occupying the staff positions in the so called oil industries and multinationals. How many do we count and how many do we leave? God will judge all of them. How many Niger Deltas are in the position of managing Directors of the multinationals?

        • Olanrewaju Ola

          Used your oil money to developed lagos lol what a daft comments , was Oil the first Nigerian source of income ? There was something before oil go back and read history very well !

  • Sunny Hart

    Why the silence on the relocation of corporate headquarters of IOCs to the Niger Delta?

  • Keen Observer

    Very good pathway. Kudos FG Lets make sure we finish well…!

  • Niger DELTAN citizen

    How can the development of the Niger Delta countries be envisioned by a man so deformed like Buhari? This is arrant nonsense and quite provocative…that a man so dull, daft, dunce and incapacitated by every index of human assessment is proposition a developmental plan for a civilized country space – Niger Delta. Can the blind lead the sighted? We know in Nigeria anything is possible, but for Buhari to be initiating and talking about development of the Niger Delta countries is ridiculous and akin to circus show before a 13th century Roman audience.

    The union of Niger Delta countries reject Buhari and his miserable policies. We advice him to develop his Northern peoples first and educate them on the value of life because they now see suicide bombings as a primary hubby. We also encourage Buhari to come clean on the issue of Boko haram and their sponsors in govt. He should explain WHY suicide bombers, accomplices and their relatives are never named. Not even a single suicide bomber has been named by Buhari’s government. Why?

  • Felix Omoragbon

    Crude oil seems to be the only thing keeping Nigeria together.