The Minister/Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, has disclosed that the sum of 10 billion US dollars has been projected by the UNDP for the funding of the Niger Delta Action Plan (NDAP) over the next 5 years.
Dr. Sulaiman made this disclosure at the meeting of stakeholders on the implementation of the Niger Delta Action Plan, hosted by the National Planning Commission in Abuja,Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The meeting had in attendance, Hon Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Stephen Oru, the UNDP Resident Coordinator, Mr. Daouda Toure and representatives of the various development partners in Nigeria.
The Minister explained that, the Niger Delta Action Plan was developed following various consultations with and support of the International Development Partners (IDPs) and it was aimed at providing a coherent and coordinated development strategy for the region
‘’ You will also recall that the plan is a strategic and coherent development implementation strategy for social and infra structural development in the Delta region. It describes the road map to achieve sustainable and positive change in the region to radically stem the wave of youth restive ness’’ He said
He also pointed out that a similar intervention was provided by the European Union (EU) for support in the region, through the World Bank assisted project; State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR Project) funded from the Intervention Development Association (IDA)
“The overall objective of SEEFOR Project is to enhance opportunities for youth employment and access to socio-economic services, while improving public expenditure management systems in the four participating states of Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Rivers States” He said
While describing the action plan as a landmark achievement in addressing the problems of the Niger- Delta region, Dr Sulaiman also said that “an era of contractors abandoning construction sites after collecting money has come to end, as effective monitoring and accountability will be ensured by the Commission”
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Steve Oru in his address stated that the plight of the long neglected people of Niger – Delta region, is fast receiving the much anticipated attention it deserves, stressing that the federal government cannot do it alone.
He said that the beauty of the document is the tendency to curb incessant cases of duplication of projects implementation and waste of resources due to multiple claims to projects implementation by competing organisations that operate in the region.
Mr Oru, pointed out also that, the main thrust of the action plan for the Niger Delta, is the proposed Multi Stakeholders Trust Fund (MSTF), which is the key driving force.
Salisu B. Haiba
Head of Information
National Planning Commission
December 3, 2014