Sunday Ode Abuja –
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo will next week meet with Niger Delta leaders on issues of development in the region.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in November last year met with Niger Delta leaders where they presented a 16 point demand to the Federal government.
Speaking to State House Correspondents yesterday, senior special assistant media to the Acting President, Laolu Akande said the meeting next week is a follow up meeting between Osinbajo and leaders of the region.
According to him, some of the issues to be discussed at the meeting include , the issue of modular refineries which the federal government will start from August, Ogoni cleanup and the opening of Maritime University in Okorinko in October this year.
“Next week there is going to be a follow up meeting between the Acting President and the PANDEF. You will recalled that last November the President has held a meeting with the leaders of PANDEF where issues of Niger Delta development was discussed in which the Acting President embarked on the visit to the states of the Niger Delta.
“And since then the president asked that an inter-ministerial committee be composed led by the Vice President to look at all the issues, specifically using the PANDEF demand as the take off point.
“That inter-ministerial committee has been meeting virtually every week. and next week there is going to be a report from the government side, the inter-ministerial committee by acting president and PANDEF.
” Some of the issues to be discussed at the meeting include for instance the issue of modular refineries which we hope that starting from August the will be groundbreaking for the first set of modular refineries,” Akande said.
He also disclosed that the coordinating team that was set up for the Ogoni clean up has conducted health impact assessment, salt test and water test.
He explained that “regarding Ogoni clean up, there are also going to give an update of what has been happening. For instance, the coordinating team that was set up for the Ogoni clean up conducted health impact assessment, they have done salt test, water test, they have hired a number of son’s and daughters of Ogoni who are trained on environmental sciences as technical assistants, I think about 15 of them.
“In the next few weeks they are going to go back to Geneva where a wholistic road map on the clean up itself will be concluded with the international partners.
“Another highlight that will be discussed at that meeting is the plan to open the Maritime University in Okorinko in October this year.
“At the last meeting the vice chancellor was asked to bring take off budget that will be approved. Already the NUC has approved a number of courses that will take off once the university is ready to open,” he stated.
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