The European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs are planning a N36 billion water project for nine states of the Niger Delta, which are expected to contribute N350 million each as counterpart-funding.
According to the minister, Pastor Uguru Usani Uguru, the states have a window of 30 days to take advantage of the offer.The minister, who stated this at a meeting held with some governors and officials of the nine oil producing states, the EU and investors in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, said that besides the water project, there would also be housing and telecommunication investments in the region, as well as industrial parks for which, he says, some state governments have already earmarked land.
A statement issued by the ministry and signed by Director of Press and Public Relations, Marshall Gundu, said, among others: “The deliberations at the meeting include a business proposal from a telecommunications company to lay fibre optic broadband system in all the nine Niger Delta states.”It said modalities are being worked out to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with each of the nine states in the region for commencement of operation as soon as possible.
The minister, who disclosed that some of the states in the Niger Delta region had already made available between 200- 700 hectares of land for that purpose, said the project would commence soon.”
In his remarks, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, commended the ministry for organising the meeting of the state governments of the Niger Delta region and private investors.He, therefore, called for quick execution of the decisions made at the meeting
Source: Guardian NG