FG will support Delta State development in line with masterplan
President Goodluck Jonathan has assured that the federal Government is committed to the development of the delta region as spelt out in the master plan.
Jonathan who gave kudos to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for his giant strides in Delta, a leading oil-producing state pledged massive support for him.
Acording to the President who was in Delta State for an official visit, “a staggering 98 per cent of Nigeria's foreign earnings come from oil, but government has intensified campaigns to diversify the economy as captured in its Vision 20:2020. Uduaghan is one of those governors looking beyond oil.”
Jonathan was on a one-day working visit to Delta, partly to commission the two multi-billion naira projects initiated by the Ibori administration and completed by Uduaghan .
He was received on arrival by top politicians and professionals, including all the service chiefs and six Governors: Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Liyel Imoke (Cross River); Adams Oshiomole (Edo), Ikedi Ohakim (Imo), Peter Obi (Anambra) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers).
Jonathan said the administration is “irrevocably” committed to the Niger Delta Master Plan.
His words: “This administration must develop the Niger Delta region to restore hope in the people. We will assist the NDDC to execute the Niger Delta master plan.
“Today is a great day for us as Nigerians have been going abroad to seek medical attention. I commend the state government for establishing the hospital for the training of our young doctors. I will do anything within my capacity to assist the Delta State government to sustain the tempo of development it has attained.”
Jonathan said the Naval headquarters would help to deal with the critical issues in the region and described the Teaching Hospital as a boost to the health sector.
He commended Uduaghan's deft strategies in his quest to building a state independent of oil and the state's contribution to national economy, adding, “diversification from oil is a task that must be taken seriously by all the Niger Delta states.”