By Chioma Onuegbu
UYO— MINISTER of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Steve Oru, has said that the leaders of the Niger Delta region have always remained committed to the even development and promotion of peace in the region.
Oru spoke in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, where he was awarded Paul Harris Fellow emblem and certificate in recognition of his service to humanity by Imabridge Africa-US in collaboration with Rotary Club of Uyo.
He said: “I know the position of leaders of the Niger Delta. We are all committed to the development of oil producing region and it would be totally wrong for people to insinuate that the leaders are responsible for the underdevelopment of the region.
“The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, promote economic development, infrastructural and even human capital development in the areas of organising training for youths to address restiveness and promote peace in the nine oil-producing states of the region.”
On the current state of the East West Road, the minister explained that his primary assignment was to focus on the completion of the road by the end of the year, noting that all the contractors handling the five sections of the road project had already promised to work very hard towards its completion.