We operate an open door policy —Niger Delta minister

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Usani Uguru Usani, has promised to run an open door policy to bring about the desired development of the Niger Delta.

The minister, who spoke to journalists at his residence in Abuja on Thursday, assured the people of Niger Delta region that his mandate of accelerating development in the area remained sacrosanct.

“I work for all Nigerians. So, honest and people with good intentions can be sure that my doors, both in the office and at home, are open to those with useful contributions to move the affairs of the Niger Delta forward.

The minister said he preferred to work quietly, and added that the ministry had swung into action after the signing of the budget.

“Well, I don’t work to be heard but to achieve results.

“Unfortunately, we assumed office to meet the budgeting process and the budget has just been passed, so you should expect more action now,” he said.

Commenting on the activities of militants in the Niger Delta, the minister said the continued destruction of oil pipelines was counterproductive and harmful to the environment.

He said the Muhammadu Buhari administration was determined to accelerate the development of the Niger Delta region, citing the recent effort to clean up Ogoniland as an example.

“I must say that the environment is ours and destroying it will not do us any good.

“Imagine the Ogoni reclamation is going to take 30 years, yet we have not learnt.

“Rather than support President Muhammadu Buhari to do more, we are adding to the destruction of the environment, our ecosystem, fresh water and aquatic lives, “the minister said.

He noted that the UNEP report had not received the attention of previous administrations but just a year after his inauguration, Buhari had commenced its implementation.

“I can say that the Niger Delta region is benefiting more under the APC regime led by President Buhari than it benefited from any other regime,” he said.