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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the new leadership of the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry for prioritizing the implementation of the harmonisation of developmental plans of all agencies and development partners operating in the region into the Integrated Regional Development Plan as a roadmap to accelerate development.

The President expressed satisfaction with major steps taken by the Ministry in repositioning Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC in order to ensure the commission delivers on its mandates and objectives.

Represented by the Minister of Mine and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite during the meeting of the 5th National Council on Niger Delta held in Uyo, President Buhari frowned at a situation where despite his administration’s huge investment to advance development in the Niger Delta region, there is no commensurate in infrastructure, human capital development and other indices of human progress.

“As part of the Government’s efforts to demonstrate its commitment to addressing the challenges of underdevelopment and insecurity in the Niger Delta Region, this administration evolved different programmes to address the diverse needs of stakeholders in the Region. One of such programmes held in December, 2016 with representatives of the Region under the aegis of the Pan Niger-Delta Forum (PANDEF), outlined a 16-point Agenda as minimum preconditions for peace, stability and development of the Region.

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“Undoubtedly, the Federal Government has made a huge investment to advance development in the Region and give the people a new lease of life which has yet to be matched by commensurate outcomes in infrastructure, human capital development and other indices of human progress.

“However, the relative peace in the Region is a testimony to Government’s commitment to addressing the concerns espoused by Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) referenced in the 2016 Summit.

“I am happy to state that the Ministry has taken major steps in the repositioning of the NDDC to ensure they deliver on their objectives and mandate.”

President noted that the Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP), is a framework meant to address the strategic objectives raised in the Federal Government’s 20-point Agenda and the Pan Niger Delta Forum’s (PANDEF), 16-point Agenda is already in operation.

He added that the SIWP tool provides a strategic framework for the coordination of investments into development and stabilisation interventions in the Niger Delta Region to ensure maximum efficiency and impact at this critical time, describing it as another effort to ensure a paradigm shift from the old ways of projects implementation without synergy among various operators in the Region.

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“It is pleasing to note that the new leadership in the Ministry has prioritized the implementation of the Harmonization of all Developmental Plans of all Agencies and Development Partners operating in the Niger Delta Region into a Single Integrated Regional Development Plan as a roadmap to accelerated development of the Region.”

In his speech, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Umana, disclosed that the Ministry has made commendable progress at repositioning the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to achieve its core mandate.

The Minsiter explained that the Report of the Forensic Audit has been presented to the President, and a White Paper on it is being awaited.

He averred that one of the objectives of the conference is to canvass for more and sustained collaboration with Development Partners and other Stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes designed for the improvement of life in the Niger Delta region.

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“The Ministry is therefore looking forward to such cross-fertilization of ideas and insights that would move the development process in the region to a new threshold of progress.”

The high point of the 5th National Council on Niger Delta held in Uyo was the presentation of the communique.

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PDP stands better chance of winning 2023 presidential election: Atiku

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Atiku Abubakar, flagbearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election, says his party stands a good chance of winning.

“The PDP stands the chance to win the presidential election being one of the oldest political parties in the country,” Mr Abubakar told journalists after inaugurating his campaign office in Gombe.

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He said that the party has a huge support base in Gombe State and would leverage on that to ensure victory at the 2023 polls.

He called on PDP supporters in the state to shun campaign of calumny and focus on issue-based campaign so as to attract more supporters.

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Saturday’s visit to Gombe was the third time Mr Abubakar was in the state in 2022 on political overtures.

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The United States government has felicitated with Nigeria on her 62nd independence anniversary, reiterating its commitment to help the nation combat terrorism and other forms of insecurity.

A statement by the U.S. secretary of state, Antony Blinken, released on October 1, conveyed the foreign nation’s goodwill.

“On behalf of the United States of America, I extend best wishes to the people of

Nigeria on the 62nd anniversary of their independence,” reads Mr Blinken’s statement.

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“The partnership between our two countries is strong and is built on our shared values

of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship,” asserted Mr Blinken.

He added that, “The United States is committed to supporting Nigerian efforts to counter terrorism and insecurity, improve health systems, strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and bolster economic growth including through bilateral trade and investment between the United States and Nigeria.”

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With an election year in view, the American government declared its support to help the nation achieve “free and fair elections and value Nigeria’s leadership on global and regional issues including the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mr Blinken asserted further that the U.S. government looked “forward to expanding our relationship over the coming year and advancing our mutual interests.”

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The presidential flag bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni as an adviser on party integration and reconciliation of his campaign council.

The appointment of the Chairman of the defunct APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) was contained in a letter with reference number PCC/DC/APPT/Vol.1/27 by the presidential candidate.

The letter reads: “By way of this letter, we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Adviser on Party Integration & Reconciliation of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council

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“This appointment is fitting and appropriate given your impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member.

“We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team. We know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility so we conduct an effective, message-driven campaign leading us to victory in the 2023 presidential election.

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“Together, not only can we ensure victory for our party in the February 2023 election but we shall also move Nigeria along the path of national greatness by building on the achievements of our party and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in providing progressive good governance to Nigerians.”

While wishing Buni God’s guidance, Tinubu congratulated the Chairman of the defunct APC CECPC.

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