Yemi Osinbajo, the Acting President, Prof. will declare open the second meeting of the National Council on Niger Delta (NCND), slated for September 7 to 14, in Ondo State.
The event, with the theme: ‘Fast tracking the development and peace in the Niger region’, is to be attended by the nine oil- producing sates in the country.
Also, the visit of the acting president will avail him the opportunity to conclude his tour to all Niger Delta states and to meet the stakeholders on how to sustain peace in the oil communities.
Recall that the visit, earlier scheduled for February this year, was cancelled due to poor weather.
The Minister in charge of Niger Delta Ministry, Pastor Usani Uguru, disclosed this at a joint press conference organised by the ministry and Ondo State in Abuja, yesterday.
The Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi and the Chairman of the State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC), who also doubles as the Chairman of Local Organising Committee (LOC), Hon. Gbenga Edema, represented the state government at the press conference.
Uguru said Ondo was chosen to host the NCND for strategic reasons, stressing that it was presumed that only states from South South were in the Niger Delta region.
Uguru commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for being the first governor to prepare an independent programme to match with the initiative of the ministry.
He said the event would not be for mere talks, but matched with action, and linked with the ministry’s current activities and programmes.