Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government is focused on implementation of Niger Delta Master Plan to drive development of the region.
Osinbajo stated this at the inaugural meeting of Partners for Sustainable Development Forum organised by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari had also expressed concern with current degradation of the environment with a view to addressing challenges faced by the region.
“Niger Delta remains a priority of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government with a view to attending to current devastation and environmental degradation in the region.
“The Federal Government will give NDDC all necessary assistance and support to achieve its mandate of ensuring rapid and sustainable development of the region.
“For meaningful and sustainable development to take place in the region, citizens and stakeholders must be peaceful while curbing militancy and eliminating terrorism,” he said.
Represented by Mr Ade Ipaye, the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Presidency, Osinbajo added that Niger Delta, being the world’s third largest wetland, had immense potential to become an agriculture hub.
He said the nation’s over-dependence on crude oil was partly responsible for “redundant human resource base and high level of corruption.”
According to him, there has to be a major shift from dependence on oil to agricultural production which will assist job creation and encourage development of the manufacturing sector.
The vice president assured that on-going clean-up of several years of un-addressed oil pollution in Ogoni area of Rivers State and other communities in the region would be completed.