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East-West Road to be completed in December 2014- Orubebe *More oil produced after implementation of the amnesty programme in the Niger Delta.

June 7, 2013

The Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, on Thursday said the ministry, through peace efforts, has helped increase oil production in the country.
Speaking at the second round of the 2013 Ministerial Platform in Abuja, Mr. Orubebe noted that oil production, currently at about 2.5 million bpd, was just at about 700,000 bpd before amnesty programme for Niger Delta militants.
He said that though youth restiveness and insecurity have been greatly curbed, disruption of ministerial projects by the youth was still a major concern leading to discontinuation of projects.
Mr. Orubebe also said the Niger Delta ministry has overtime, trained 706 non-militant youth across Niger Delta states in skill acquisition and most of the trainees are now gainfully employed.
He emphasized that the Nigerian government at all levels cannot provide adequate financial resources needed to tackle challenges in the region as the ministry is dealing with budgetary constraints. He said the ministry in collaboration with development partners have produced the Niger Delta Action Plan with focus on infrastructure, social sector investment programme, institutional capacity development and multi-stakeholder trust fund.
Counting his achievements, he said that the East – West road among some other road projects contracted in 2006 which was handed over to his ministry at a 10 per cent completion stage in 2010 is now at 52 per cent completion. He assured 100 per cent completion of the road by the end of December 2014 in addition to 360 housing units at 65 per cent completion.

Nnenna Ibeh –
Premium Times

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