During his second visit to the Niger Delta, Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo promised the people of the region to be peaceful as the blueprint created by the present administration-led by President Muhammadu Buhari was all inclusive.
Prof Osinbajo made this known yesterday in Yenagoa as he visited the region for in second leg of the peace tour and interractive sessions with key stakeholders.
Recall that the Acting-President earlier this year visited the Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State where he had several meetings with the State Government and some key traditional rulers.
The interractive sessions are part of efforts to bring lasting solutions to the Niger Delta crisis. He has however urged all the stakeholders to take up the responsibility of ensuring peace and stability in the region.
“The federal government will begin a partnership with the oil producing communities, states, local government, private sector and civil societies for the rapid development of the Niger Delta.
“We must convene an oil communities’ intervention to work out what can be done in the short, medium and long terms. We must focus on how to ensure that the people benefit from the wealth of the land.
“The new vision will define the future of the region. Oil exploitation itself cannot survive our people with decent jobs; we must make oil producing communities’ hub of petrochemical industries, small and large. We must make the communities hubs of refining and related activities.”
Continuing, he said, “The Ministry of Petroleum Resources in collaboration with oil companies is working on a forty point agenda initiative for the oil producing communities in the Niger Delta. In particular, one of those is working with illegal refineries in the oil bearing communities to participate in the modular refineries that would be established.
“Thermal station and power based outfits should be stationed here, it makes sense and the gas deposits are here. In this country, the way we take decisions does not always show that we are advised. I think that the place that has gas is a natural location for power stations; the biggest we can obtain is to attract more investment to this region.”