Why It’s Important For Niger Delta People To Get Justice, Fair Treatment – Osinbajo
Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo has said the people of Niger Delta region deserves justice and better treatment from the federal government.
Punch reports that Osinbajo made this statement through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande during an ongoing engagement with the people of the region on Friday, March 17.
Osinbajo believes that despite the fact that Nigeria’s main resource (crude oil) comes from Niger Delta, the people of the region are being treated unfairly
He said: “The President believes the people of the Niger Delta deserve justice, and for me also it is a very important point. The state of the region and the suffering of the people do not reflect the fact that it is the resource base of the country.
“In spite of the past leadership failure, the Niger Delta people deserved a fair deal.”
Osinbajo said the meeting was meant to ensure that the government is faithful to the promises and the spirit of the presidential engagements with the people of the region.
The Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jubril, who was also present at the event which held at the presidential villa in Abuja said that his ministry has fully engaged the Ogoni Clean-Up Project Coordinator, Dr. Marvin Dekil.
Jubril said the potential contractors have been visiting the site to demonstrate available and suitable technology to be used for the clean-up.
Recall that Osinbajo visited Niger Delta region recently and on one of his visits to Bayelsa, Friday, the VP said that the nature’s gift of oil in Niger Delta is tantamount to a burden and a curse on the communities in the region.
Meanwhile, the people of Kunukunuma Federated community, host to OML 42 flow station in Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri south west local government area of Delta state have given the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) 21 days ultimatum within which to address the issue of alleged marginalization.
The people of the oil rich community handed down the ultimatum during a protest held in the community, with a threat to shut down the flow station if by the end of the 21-day-ultimatum nothing was done about their demand.