Niger Delta FG set to begin town hall meetings in region

Usani said the government has realised the importance of communication and information to the people at the grassroots.

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Naval security operatives patrol the creeks of Niger Delta in Buguma. play

Naval security operatives patrol the creeks of Niger Delta in Buguma.

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The Federal Government through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, is set to begin  town hall meetings in communities of the Niger Delta region to further engage the people.

According to the head of the ministry, Mr Usani Uguru Usani, the government has realised the importance of communication and information to the people at the grassroots.

Usani disclosed this on Friday, August 12, when he led the Minister of State of Niger Delta, Prof. Claudius Daramola, and other senior officials of the ministry on a courtesy visit to the paramount ruler of Ibeno Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom.

The paramount ruler, Dr Effiong Archianga, said Ibeno people are peaceful and requested that the ministry should implement the N2 billion project earmarked for equipping Ibeno Skills Acquisition Centre.

Archianga said the money was jointly set aside by the Akwa Ibom Government and Mobil Oil for the completion and inauguration of the project.

He appealed to the minister that Ibeno should be considered in award of oil and gas pipeline surveillance contracts.

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"Oil blocks should be shared between the Niger Delta region and others. True Federalism should be introduced," he urged.

In addition, the traditional ruler appealed to the minister for vehicles, speed boats and outboard engines with accessories for Niger Delta local governments and states.

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