The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs is set to hold its Third Regular Meeting of National Council on Niger Delta in Umuahia, Abia State from 22nd to 27th July, 2018.
The National Council with the theme, “Fostering synergy and institutional coordination for development in the Niger Delta region,” will address many issues such as Infrastructural Development, Environmental Management, Human Capital Development, Security, Agriculture, among other issues affecting the Niger Delta region.
It would be recalled that the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, while addressing stakeholders at the Second National Council held in Akure, the Ondo State capital in September 2017, directed that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs should ensure that the Council on Niger Delta meets regularly in order to fast-tract the development of the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
It is of note that since the creation of the Ministry in 2008, the Ministry only held its First National Council on Niger Delta in 2013 until this administration held the second edition four years after in 2017.
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.
Various stakeholders, Civil Societies, Development Partners saddled with the responsibility of developing the Niger Delta region will feature at the council meeting to be chaired by the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, supported by the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola, while the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla will lead the technical sessions.