Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani has called for the revival of the economy of the Niger Delta to include focus on women, community leadership, and youths.
According to him, there is need to revive the economy of the region and lift the people out of poverty before the issue of sustainable development can be talked about.
The minister, who was speaking at a summit on the Niger Delta in Abuja, stated that it is a common statement to say that there should be sustainable development in the region even when the development is not yet there.
He said: “We have been dishonest in the application of the resources to the region. The ministry has been viewed as an infrastructure ministry. We need to shift to be more holistic about the management of the Niger Delta. This is why an integrated approach with other necessary ministries and agencies working in the region is desperately needed.