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Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo receives cheers from the people of Ondo State as he interacts with the people on the streets during his visit to the State for the Niger Delta interactive engagement. Photo: Novo Isioro. Date 12 September 2017

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, pledged on Tuesday that the Federal Government would deliver promises it made to oil producing communities in the Niger Delta, from modular refineries to the opening of a maritime university.

Communities in the oil-rich but dilapidated Niger Delta region have long complained of poverty and neglect, complaints that have often snowballed into agitations by Niger Delta militants, the destruction of oil installations and kidnapping of oil workers as well as he killing of Nigerian soldiers and policemen who protect them.

Last year, things worsened so much that oil production crumbled to an all time low, from over two million barrels per day to about a million barrels per day. With the disruption, especially at a time Nigeria was undergoing one of its worst recessions in recent times, the Federal Government opened talks with oil communities.

On Tuesday, Mr. Osinbajo promised during the final leg of that community engagement that the lives of the oil producing communities would be improved by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He made the pledge at a brief interaction with journalists at the end of his visit to Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo state.

“We said we were going to open the Maritime University and we are opening in October,” Osinbajo said.

“We have said we are going to do modular refineries; we have released the guidelines and licenses are being issued. We are engaging with the communities, we are engaging with the state governments,” he added.

“We have talked about getting power to Ilaje Local Government, the contract has been awarded, N600 million has been paid. This is a project that has been abandoned for over 10 years but we are doing it and ensuring that power comes to this Local Government Area and to this community”.

Below is a question and answer session Osinbajo had after the visit as provided by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.


Quetion: What is the purpose of your visit to this place? 

Ans: As you know, this is the last of the oil producing communities that I have been visiting in the last few months.  Igbokoda in Ilaje Local Government, the oil producing community in this state have also, naturally, demanded a visit, so we are completing the round of visits to the oil producing communities with this particular visit, so it is one of the consultations with the oil producing communities.

Que: Sir, how soon will all these things demanded by the people be implemented?

Ans: Every one of them is being implemented and they are being implemented incrementally.  For example we said we were going to open the Maritime University and we are opening in October.

We have said we are going to do modular refineries; we have released the guidelines and licenses are being issued. We are engaging with the communities, we are engaging with the state governments.

We have talked about getting power to Ilaje Local Government, the contract has been awarded, N600 million has been paid. This is a project that has been abandoned for over 10 years but we are doing it and ensuring that power comes to this Local Government Area and to this community.

So, everything is being done, it is incremental but we are taking them step by step. The Ogoni cleanup as you know, has already started.

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