Osinbajo extols New Vision for Niger Delta

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Usani Uguru Usani, Minister of Niger Delta
From left: Amayanabo of Brassland, Chief Diete Spiff; Gov Seriki Dicson of Bayelsa State and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, during a visit to the Acting President by a delegations from Brass Fertilizer Company in Abuja on Tuesday (6/6/17).
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THE Buhari administration is promoting a new way of thinking and engagement that will secure the development of the Niger Delta and the entire country, according to Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

That new approach, which he restated as the New Vision, according to him involves an active and effective collaboration between the government, the private sector and the communities. This approach he stated ensures that “we finish whatever we start.”

Osinbajo spoke yesterday, while meeting with members of a delegation from Bayelsa State regarding the $3.6B Brass Fertilizer & Petro-Chemical Company that is expected to come on steam soon. The delegation which included executives of the company was led by the state Governor, Seriake Dickson.

He lamented that only 12 per cent completion rate was recorded in many projects undertaken by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in the past years, while the rest were abandoned.

Osinbajo said:  “Sometimes projects are designed not to succeed, but just for some people to make money.”

He however noted that “a new way of thinking is emerging,” pointing to effective collaboration with the private sector and citing the example of the NLNG as one instance of such effective collaborations.

“The Buhari administration, this government is committed to finishing whatever we start. At the end of the day, we shall ensure that,” he affirmed, adding that the oil-producing communities have tremendous potentials.

While commending Dickson for his proactive efforts, the Osinbajo commended the ongoing collaboration regarding the Brass company. Said he: “This is what we describe as the New Vision: partnership between the Federal Government, the States, the communities and the private sector. This is the new way of thinking that is emerging, the New Vision.”

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu described the idea of the Brass Fertilizer & Petro-Chemical firm as “a game changer that we need to encourage,” adding that such ideas have the potential to change the economic model in the Niger Delta.

 

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