By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
The Presidency has finally come out with a bumper package aimed at accelerating the return of peace to the troubled Niger Delta region and ensure the steady production of oil, Nigeria’s biggest foreign exchange earner, in a bid to bail the country out of recession.
Top on the list of key measures approved for immediate implementation by relevant federal government agencies are the takeoff of the controversial National Maritime University Okorenkoke in Gbaramatu Kingdom, in Delta State and the return of the lucrative Oil Pipeline Protection Contracts to militant leaders and the overhaul of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, which enters its seventh year this October.
A top Presidency official, who is familiar with the roadmap being fine-tuned by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to address the crisis in the Niger Delta, confirmed to Vanguard last night necessary directives had been given to the agencies of the administration saddled with the strategic tasks to revamp the Niger Delta and give the people a new lease of life.
According to the top official, an implantation planning meeting was held last week in the Presidency where several ministers and relevant MDAs started putting draft measures that will ensure the immediate takeoff of the programmes aimed at transforming the region.