Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is to address stakeholders at the third regular meeting of National Council on Niger Delta in Umuahia, Abia, from 22nd to 27th July.
Mr Marshall Gundu, Director Press, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs said in a statement released in Abuja, that the council would address issues such as infrastructural development, environmental management, human capital development, security and agriculture.
According to him, the National Council has its theme as: “Fostering synergy and institutional coordination for development in the Niger Delta region”.
He said that after the creation of the Ministry in 2008, the Ministry held its First National Council on Niger Delta in 2013. The second edition was held four years after in 2017.
He said that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, while addressing stakeholders at the Second National Council held in Akure, Ondo State in September 2017, directed the Ministry to hold the council regularly.
He quoted the vice president as saying: “The council’s meetings will fast-track the development of the oil-rich Niger Delta region.”
He said that the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to ensure consistency of the meeting of the Council on Niger Delta has resulted in the planned 3rd National Council.
Gundu said that various stakeholders, civil societies, development partners saddled with the responsibility of developing the Niger Delta region would feature at the meeting.
He said that the meeting would be chaired by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, while the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Aminu Aliyu will lead the technical sessions.