The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the Minister of State, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, say they will urgently address development in the Niger Delta region.
They gave the indication when they resumed work at the Ministry with the promise to leave huge footprints in the development of the Niger Delta region.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, said that being from the Niger Delta region, it behooved him to take the developmental challenges more seriously.
According to him, capacity building, inadequate infrastructure, poverty alleviation, youth restiveness, entrepreneurship, environmental degradation, amongst others, will be tackled head-on as he was not unaware of how these challenges negatively affect people of the region.
Senator Akpabio, pledged to work harmoniously with his counterpart to ensure that they lived up to the expectations of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister added that he loved leaving marks anywhere he worked and called on staff and management of the Ministry to put all hands on deck to ensure that developmental efforts yield fruits.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, expressed confidence that the appointment of the new Ministers would change the narrative of the Niger Delta region.
She also pledged the commitment of management and staff to the actualization of the vision of the present administration as well as the formulation and execution of policies, projects and programmes geared towards addressing the challenges of the region.
Mrs. Waoson-Jack suggested that, to achieve the vision and goals of the Ministry, there was the need for it to solicit for financial, material and human resources, through partnerships, leverage on Corporate Social Responsibility as well as Public -Private Partnerships.
She also suggested that the Ministry worked with Federal, States and Local Governments, the private sector, development partners, Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, among others.
Walson – Jack, also expressed hope that the Ministers would not just pass through the Ministry but leave indelible marks and legacies of uncommon development in the Niger Delta region.