The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, will declare open the second meeting of the National Council on Niger Delta (NCND), slated for September 7 to 14, in Ondo State
The event, with the theme; ‘Fast tracking the development and peace in the Niger region’, is to be attended by the nine Oil producing sates in the country.
Also, the visit of the acting president will avail him the opportunity to conclude his tour to all Niger Delta states and to meet the stakeholders on how to sustain peace in the oil communities in the state.
It will be recalled that the visit, earlier scheduled for February this year, was cancelled due to poor weather.
This was disclosed by the Minister in charge of Niger Delta Ministry, Pastor Usani Uguru, at a joint press conference organised by the Ministry and the Ondo State in Abuja, on Friday.
The Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi and the Chairman of the State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC), who also doubles as the Chairman of Local Organising Committee (LOC), Hon. Gbenga Edema, represented the state government at the press conference.
Uguru said Ondo State was chosen to host the NCND for strategic reasons, stressing that it is presumed that only states from South South states are in the Niger Delta region.
According to him, “again we understand the percularities of Ondo state in term of resource based and which we are determined to tap into and see how.”
Uguri commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for being the first governor to prepare an independent programme to match with the initiative of the ministry.
He noted that the event will not be for talking without action, adding that the outcome will immediately be linked with the ministry current activities and programmes.
Ajayi, expressed optimism that the sunshine state will be the best host of the meeting among its counterparts.
He described the state as the most peaceful among all other Niger Delta states, adding that the state is well prepared for the one week programme.
The deputy governor stressed that the administration of Akeredolu has made it a point of duty to make the state attractive for investors.
Agboola, however, lamented what he said was a shortchanging of the two oil producing communities in the state by the niger delta ministry in its 2016 and 2017 budgets.
He appealed to the ministry to improve on what should be budgeted for the state.
The first meeting was hosted by Akwa Ibom State Government in Uyo, the state capital, in 2013.