By Chris Ochayi
Determined to aggressively pursue the imple mentations developmental projects under the amnesty programme, the Federal Government has secured hectres of land from the nine state governments which made up the Niger Delta region to construct new towns development for benefit of the people.
Construction of the new town development programme was part of the Post Amnesty infrastructural projects approved by the President; Alhaji Umaru Yarâ€™Adua aimed to restore permanent peace to the region which has in the recent time witnessed pockets of hostilities due to years of neglects by successive administration.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Ufot Ekaette who announced this Friday in Abuja while receiving the Commissioners of Works from the South South geo_political zone in his office over the project, said, a similar meeting will be convened between the ministry and Governors of the nine states next week Tuesday.
Noting the ministry has laid a solid foundation with which to build critical infrastructure in the region, Chief Ekaette said, contributions from stakeholders were crucial for a successful execution of the mandate of the ministry.
The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, noted that lots of issues bothering on the development of the region would have been sorted out soon with the new synergy between the state governments and the ministry.
He recalled that before the ministry started operation, it embarked on tour of the nine states where it engaged the communities in the region to seek their input to and collaboration with the efforts of government to transform the region. He however observed that the ministry is a young one that had no institutional background but has been able to lay a firm foundation upon which to make steady progress.
Earlier, the Commissioners who spoke through their Delta State counterpart, Omordi George Ugbomole said that their mission was to collaborate with the ministry so as to form a common front in addressing the issue of infrastructural development in the region.
The commissisoners are Engineer Emmanuel Opigo (Bayelsa), Engineer Erhauyi Obayagbonna (Edo), Dakuku Peterside (Rivers), Bassey Ekefre ( Cross River ), George Ugbomah (Delta) and Inyang Ekoriko (Representative of Akwa Ibom Commissisoner).