Without peace in N’Delta, our economic agenda won’t succeed- Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Friday in Asaba stated that without sustained peace in the Niger-Delta, the economic agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will suffer significant setback.
Osinbajo said this at the Nigeria and Entrepreneurship Summit and Honours (NESH) Roundtable with the theme, “Peace and Sustainable Development of Nigeria Oil and Gas Producing Areas”.
The Vice President who was represented by Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, said that with sustained peace, the administration’s agenda for diversification of the economy would be quicker to attain.
Osinbajo said the administration had ensured that host communities in the Niger Delta region collectively engaged in the process of development of resources located in the areas, adding that the theme of the roundtable was apt, particularly with regards to the current clime of the country.
“Our administration is committed to tackling the prevailing concern of the Niger Delta region.
“We have set ourselves ambitious targets in that direction with very strict timelines.
“The achievement of these targets will ensure robust and sustainable development of the Nigerian Oil and Gas producing areas, thereby fostering peace and prosperity in the nation.
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“With peace and sustainable development on the rise, our administration’s agenda for diversification of our economy becomes quicker to attain.”
He said that the Federal Government was making effort to ensure that violence and restiveness in the oil producing areas became history.
The vice president said that the modular refinery initiative was one of the government’s strategies to develop the areas, noting that the concept of the modular refinery stemmed from the need to stop illegal refining which had been blamed for the environmental damage to the areas.
“A polluted environment disallows for favorable investments, thereby hindering employment generation and enabling an environment for social vices to develop.
“It is our hope that the NESH team and partners will align with these initiatives through individual and collective contributions of knowledge, technical expertise and direct investment “We are ever ready to provide the enabling business environment, right incentives and other support required to realise these aspirations”, Osinbajo said.
Speaking, Emeka Ugwu-Oju said that NESH was a platform for celebrating and promoting entrepreneurship in Nigeria which was a major driver for the development of Nigeria.
“In the past we think that government develops a place but government only provides the enabling environment.
“And then, it is the entrepreneurial spirit of the people that cause development to happen.”
He added that the essence of the Roundtable was to accelerate the diversification of the economy by looking inwards for better ways of deploying the oil and gas resources to develop other aspects of the Nigerian economy, noting that the reality on ground showed that oil alone could no longer sustain the country’s economy.
Ugwu-oju stated that peace in the Niger Delta area was necessary to sustain the current level of oil production in the country.
“And to have peace, you must have equity, justice and then rapid industrial development because when people have jobs, they no longer have time for violence, pipeline vandalism.
“NESH is to provide the roadmap for peace to thrive and to track those projects meant for the areas,” Ugwu-Oju said, adding that NESH would be giving an award to deserving Nigerians who made it possible for peace to thrive in the Niger Delta region as part of its programme for the day.
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October 14, 2017 at 10:47 am
Sick government rely heavily on crude oil, they never said without peace in the North, economic agenda won’t work, simply means the government knows without Niger Delta region, then Nigeria can’t survive
October 14, 2017 at 11:56 am
It’s indisputable that if Niger Delta region is out of Nigeria, Nigeria can’t survive because Niger Delta region is the lifewire of Nigeria economy
October 14, 2017 at 11:15 am
NESH will nesh the militants to repentance and they will never think of vandalising oil pipes again for Nigerian well-being
October 14, 2017 at 11:57 am
That is when the government has played their part well
October 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm
Good Osinbajo is also aware of this. The niger delta is a key part of Nigeria that must remain peaceful for the benefit of Nigerians
October 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm
This means Nigeria’s economy is still very much centered around oil and the niger/deltans are still regarded important. What nonsense!
October 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm
There’s nothing Nigeria can do, niger delta is still the most important part of this country because Nigeria is living on our oil, without peace in Niger Delta, Nigeria cannot survive.
October 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm
If there’s peace in Niger delta, there will be peace in Nigeria. The success of this administration revolves around how we’re being treated. Osinbajo you’re a correct man