FG Reveals It Paid N500,000 Each To Over 1500 Niger Deltans.
The Federal Government has announced that it has distributed N500,000 to over 1,500 women, youths, and artisans in the Niger Delta as beginning packs and growth kits for their enterprises.
The government also stated that it has made significant efforts in the field of training and empowerment of Niger Delta residents through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
Senator Donald Omotayo Alasoadura, the Honourable Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, stated this yesterday in Abuja during an interview session with the Minister’s Platform.
Alasoadura further stated that the Ministry is working tirelessly to collaborate with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the Agricultural Revolution Initiative in the area through First Bank.
“Agriculture is a veritable area that needs to be tapped into in the Niger Delta region,” he said, adding that First Bank is willing to provide a grant of up to N50 billion to improve the sector, particularly in the areas of low-land rice production and fisheries.
The funding, he claims, will enable the Niger Delta area to grow enough rice to feed the whole country.
“I feel that once this goes through, the Niger Delta area will never be the same again in terms of agriculture,” he said.
The Minister of State further stated that the “Ministry’s master plan for the Niger Delta region is tailored towards agriculture, empowerment, electricity, housing, infrastructure, land reclamation, health, construction of jetties and canalization, provision of available funds for development, geared towards uplifting the living standard of the Niger Delta people.”
Senator Alasoadura praised President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that the Ogoni water and sea pollution issues are addressed, adding that “the Ministry is also partnering with the Ministries of Environment and Petroleum Resources in tackling the menace and bringing a long-term solution to the problem.”
The Minister reminded the gathering that the completion of the East-West Road will be recognized as the administration’s contribution to environmental deterioration and pollution caused by hydrocarbon operations such as gas flaring, crude oil drilling, and oil spills.
He said that the Ministry received N10 billion for the project under the 2021 Sovereign SUKUK Insurance.
This he said is in addition “to large extent industrialization, while also addressing the economic challenges confronting the region by promoting the welfare of the people and ensuring that peace and tranquillity is maintained.
Senator Alasoadura believes that providing proper involvement, consultation with traditional rulers, key players, youths, and others is an important part of maintaining peace and growth in the region.
Other projects undertaken by the Ministry include the commissioning and handover to beneficiaries of several abandoned projects situated in diverse communities across the Niger Delta region’s nine states.
Skill acquisition centers, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) headquarters, and 66 apartments Police residential quarters are just a few examples.
He also mentioned that the Ministry was working together to make sure that the 3% from the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) set aside for the development of Host communities in the region was used wisely.