By Chris Ochayi
ABUJAâ€”Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has called on the Minister of Works, Senator Sanusi Daggash, to include Federal roads in the Niger Delta region in the ministryâ€™s budget in order to speed up development of road infrastructure in the region.
Dr. Uduaghan, who made the call during a visit to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsady Orubebe in Abuja, said, the Works Ministry had the responsibility to cater for and execute road projects in the country.
The Governor said comments from some quarters that since the region has a ministry, Federal roads in the region should not be included in the budget of the Ministry of Works was unacceptable.
According to him, â€œI heard people make comment that we have Niger Delta Ministry and that the Ministry of Works’Â budget for roads should not include Niger-Delta.
â€œI donâ€™t agree with that because all these bodies are special bodies to deal with the issues of Niger Delta. That area brings the money that we spend in Nigeria so there is no amount that is put in that area that is a waste,â€ he said.
â€œThe solution in the Niger Delta does not rest in one ministry alone but requires all our collective responsibility and input from federal level down to the local government and I am happy that the Federal Government has put up organs to deal with Niger Delta issues and one of them is the Niger-Delta ministry. And we will now insist that Works Ministry, while budgeting for other areas of the country should also budget for the roads in the Niger Delta areaâ€.
Commending Elder Orubebe on the achievements of the amnesty programme, Governor Uduaghan said, â€œthere is no doubt that as far as the issue of Niger-Delta is concerned my brother, Elder Orubebe, has been in trenches on Niger Delta issues.
â€œNow people have different approaches to issues of Niger Delta, but we have one approach and that is engagement. From the word go, both of us have always believed that the solution to the Niger Delta crisis required a lot of engagement and thatâ€™s why we were happy when the issue of the amnesty came in.”