Delta Governor hails VP Osinbajo’s Niger Delta visit

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

The interactive visits of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta have brought peace to that part of Nigeria, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

Professor Osinbajo had earlier this year embarked on interactive visits to oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta during which he met and discussed issues affecting the region with the traditional rulers, political leaders and the people of the area.

Okowa, who spoke with State House Correspondents after his meeting Osinbajo on Friday, said his visit was to appreciate the vice-president for the peace in the Niger Delta at present, which he said was a result of the his interactive visits to the region.

“You can find that in the past few months there has been a lot of peace in Delta State. So, I wanted to appreciate his visit to Delta State because that definitely helped us in the peace process,” Okowa said.

Maritime University
Governor Okowa also expressed his delight over Senate’s passage of the bill to establish the Maritime University, Okorinkoko, Delta State, saying it “is definitely a very strong plus for us.”

He said a committee, headed by the minister of education and with the deputy governor of Delta State as member, has already been set up to work towards the commencement of studies at the maritime university in October this year, adding that it is a step in the right direction.

Modular refineries
On the establishment of modular refineries in the Niger Delta region, Governor Okowa said the processes for it were being put in place.

“You realise the president has talked a lot about it and I believe that the Minister of State for Petroleum and the NNPC must be working in that direction,” Okowa said, pointing out that it was not something that could be done in a month.

He expressed hope that the modular refineries would be built as planned in the creeks and in other communities in the Niger Delta.