By Akin Akande, Abuja
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe has said that the Ministry has concluded work on the Niger Delta Action Plan and it’s due for presentation next week.
He disclosed this in Abuja yesterday at the press briefing on the forthcoming first meeting of the Council on Niger Delta scheduled to hold in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
Elder Orubebe stated that the action plan would provide the Ministry the means to commence intensive development effort in the Niger Delta region.
He said that the objective of his Ministry for the forthcoming inaugural of the National Council on Niger Delta is to launch the Niger Delta Action Plan, set development milestones to be achieved in the next few months and years and create a shared ownership for delivering tangible results among all Niger Delta stakeholders.
His words: “we have all seen the relative peace and stability in the region and the subsequent return of economic and social normalcy following the implementation of the amnesty programme.
This peaceful state provides us the window of opportunity to intensify development intervention measures in the region.
Our objective is to consolidate and sustain current security condition by addressing the development challenges in the region in a way that is coherent and coordinated”
The Niger Delta Minister added that the approach proposed in the Niger Delta Action Plan would require strategic convergence, coordination and collaboration in the development policies and programmes by all stakeholders and partners operating in the region.
” To achieve the expected success demands, we will involve the people of the Niger Delta in a participatory development process so that development strategies will reflect their aspirations and priorities.
The people of Niger Delta are both the foundation and the beneficiaries of the Niger Delta Action Plan” he said.