By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT— MINISTER of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, has called for cooperation between Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State and his ministry to development in the Niger Delta region.
Orubebe, when he presented the Niger Delta Action Plan to Governor Amaechi at Government House, Port Harcourt, said he had also visited the governors of Cross of River, Akwa Ibom, and Imo States before coming to Rivers.
He urged Governor Amaechi to use his wealth of experience in governance to assist in achieving development in the region.
He said: “Our visit is to handover the Niger Delta Action Plan to you, and appeal that you work with us as a team to do those things that should be done for our people and Nigerians generally.
“You have been in government for some time, and so you have adequate experience to add value to our thoughts and processes, so that collectively, we can move forward.
“The Niger Delta Action Plan will take care of issues of abandoned projects because there is continuity and I shared this thought with our governors and stakeholders in the Niger Delta. If we collectively agree on the pathway, it will also tackle the issues of duplication of projects, and equally conserve resources to do other things we need to do.”
Promising that the East-West Road will be completed by December next year, the minister, said the Federal Government had approved a council on the region that would enable stakeholders meet periodically on development related matters.
On his part, Governor Amaechi described the Niger Delta Action Plan as a step in the right direction, adding that it would provide a road map for the development of the region.