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Osinbajo re-affirms, FG’s plans for Akwa-Ibom State, Niger Delta
Prof Yemi Osinbajo with Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Osinbajo re-affirms, FG’s plans for Akwa-Ibom State, Niger Delta

Communities with oil resources in the Niger Delta region  are to be made hubs of Petrochemical  Industries in the country. Actiing President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, announced this at a Town Hall Meeting during his one-day official visit to Akwa Ibom State.
He said that the Town Hall meeting was to enable him interact with the stakeholders and the people of the state with a  view to identifying  their problems and proffer solutions.
He said that he was in the state as an emissary of President Muhammadu Buhari who, after the visit of the leadership of the Niger Delta Forum in November, 2016, called for the tour of oil bearing communities  to enable him restrategise on the development of the region.
Professor Osinbajo who assured the people of the state of federal government’s commitment  to the realisation of the Ibom Deep Seaport project and upgrading of  Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron said  “The federal government takes seriously the Ibaka Deep Seaport project. Already we have made provision of N1 billion in this year’s budget to support the project.”
The Acting President announced the award of contract for the dualisation of Aba-Ikot Ekpene federal highway explaining that the road was critical to the development of the nation’s economy and would also facilitate movement of people in the neighbouring states.
While stating government’s determination to ensuring all round development of the Niger Delta region, he described as privilege, opportunity to be hosted by Akwa Ibom people whom he said are blessed with a rich ancestry.
He lauded the political elites and youths of the state for letting go their political differences and come together in a town hall meeting to seek redress in issues affecting their community and particularly expressed appreciation to the youths for their peaceful disposition in tackling their problems maintaining that” there is no pleasure in destroying assets in the community and driving potential away investors” but cautioned that the struggle for fairness and justice can be done peacefully with great results.
Prof. Osinbajo used the occasion to call on the people to cooperate with the Buhari administration to drive the vision that will engender development and peaceful coexistence in the country.
Earlier, Governor Emmanuel called on the federal government to resuscitate the ailing Aluminium  Smelter  Company at Ikot Abasi and the Paper Mill Limited at Oku Iboku, Itu Local Government Area of the state and highlighted  the economic benefits of the project to the people.
Governor Emmanuel made a case for the improvement of funding to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to enable the ministry deliver on its obligations and  urged the Federal  government to establish a skill development centre for oil and gas in the state as a way of domiciling the Local Content Act. “If the Local Content Act must succeed, there must be a development centre for oil and gas to train youths for technologies that can fetch them employment.” Governor Emmanuel explained.
In their  separate presentations, stakeholders asked the Federal  government to direct all multinational oil and gas companies operating in the state to relocate their operational offices to the oil bearing communities.
Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga particularly called on the federal government to take steps to implement issues raised in the 16-point dialogue Document  laid before the President and commended the Federal  government’s decision to stop destruction of modular refineries saying that the policy will boost local content of the petroleum industry, create wealth and employment as well as safe guard  the environment.
Also, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, expressed appreciation to the federal government for appointing Akwa Ibom sons and daughters into positions of responsibility and listed the appointees to include the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma; Managing Director, NDDC, Obong Nsima Ekere; MD, Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone, Obong Umana Okon Umana; and others saying the federal government has shown appreciation and love for the people of the state.
On the communal clash between the people of Ikot Offiong and their neighbours in Itu Local Government Area of the state, Sen. Akpabio called on the federal government to consider the construction of a military barrack at the boundary between the warring communities to avert further bloodshed and destruction of properties.
The Minister of States in the Ministry of Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said that the federal government was serious in consulting the oil producing communities for the realisation of a peaceful business environment and that Akwa Ibom, being an oil producing state, has been considered  for special attention in the country saying  “it is  time the people of the Niger Delta region act by using the  God-given resources for meaningful development”.
On arrival, the Vice President inspected the 2nd Runway Project  at  Ibom International Airport and also pay  homage to the state Traditional Rulers Council  where he was conferred with a chieftaincy title of Obong Emem Akwa Ibom by the Chairman, State Council of Chiefs, Obong Effiong Bassey Achianga.

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