President Muhammadu Buhari, through the
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Uguru Usani, has said that about 95
percent of the projects initiated by previous administrations, have been
The Minister, who made this known while
speaking to Journalists, also said contractors working on roads
constructions in the Niger Delta Region, have been mobilized, and they
are back to site.
While narrating some of the successes of
the Ministry in the year 2016, which includes the training of 214 women
and youth in Israel, on agricultural value chain, the training of 150
youth on ICT, infrastructural parks, building of housing estates which
captured 9 States in the region, Usani noted that there are challenges
the Ministry is facing, in trying to discharge its duties.
He said: “These youths were trained and
also empowered with between N300,000 and N500,000, to start up their
businesses, and with result from our follow up team, they are doing well
in their various skills.
“The extent of the housing estates, is for the vulnerable people, or those that are not financially buoyant to get allocation”.
He added, that despite the challenges
the area is facing, such as environment, security, economy, capacity and
organization, the Ministry over the period, has been doing what it can
to development the region, adding that, everybody’s cooperation has been
“We spent good time putting in place
organization, because people’s opinion tends to be that the Ministry, is
just a place where militants come in whenever they are agitated.
“It should be notable that the Ministry
trains non-militant youth, while the Amnesty wing trains the militant
youth of the region”, Usani said.