The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru, while speaking with journalists at his Abuja residence on Thursday, said the Niger Delta region is benefiting more from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government than any other past regime.
The minister drew his point home by saying while the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan failed to act on the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report, the Buhari-led government gave attention to it within its first year in office.
Usani who expressed regret that rather than support Buhari, some people in the region were busy compiling the woes of the Niger Delta, said the continued destruction of oil pipelines by militants was counterproductive and harmful to the environment.
“I can say that the Niger Delta region is benefiting more under the APC regime led by President Buhari than it benefited from any other regime.
“Rather than support President Muhammadu Buhari to do more, we are adding to the destruction of the environment, our ecosystem, fresh water and aquatic lives.
“I must say that the environment is ours and destroying it will not do us any good. Imagine the Ogoni reclamation is going to take 30 years, yet we have not learnt,” he said.
The minister said he preferred to work quietly and that the ministry had swung into action after the signing of the budget.
“I work for all Nigerians. So, honest and people with good intentions can be sure that my doors, both in the office and at home, are open to those with useful contributions to move the affairs of the Niger Delta forward.
“Well, I don’t work to be heard but to achieve results. Unfortunately, we assumed office to meet the budgeting process and the budget has just been passed, so you should expect more action now,” he said.