President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday assured the people of Niger Delta that his administration would continue to support rapid development in the region.
He said he would consolidate on all ongoing projects and initiate new ones to create more economic opportunities and jobs for the people.
According to a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the president spoke while receiving a delegation led by the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Adesina quoted the president as reiterating the federal government’s commitment to maintaining peace and security in the Niger Delta for economic and social activities to thrive.
The president told the delegation led by the Olu of Warri that developing the region remained a priority for his administration, adding that under his watch, every region in the country would witness increased investments in critical infrastructure.
The president appealed to the people of Niger Delta to complement ongoing efforts by the federal government to bring more development to the region by maintaining peace, security and harmony.
President Buhari also promised to look into some of the concerns raised by the delegation, including the dredging of the Escravos bar for Warri and Koko ports, the gas revolution industrial park and EPZ project in Ogidigben, the ecological challenges in Ode-Itsekiri, Ugborodo, Orere/Yanagho and Ogheye-Eghoroke, among others.
The Olu of Warri had on Friday urged the federal government to tackle insecurity in the Niger Delta region and activate Warri and Koko ports in delta state.
He said that the activation of the ports would go a long way in providing job opportunities, thereby reducing youth restiveness in the region.