In line with the present administration’s resolve to diversify the economy from oil to agriculture and reduce youths’ restiveness, the ministry is to partner with the Niger Delta in the area of agriculture and aqua culture.
The disclosure was made on Friday 6th October, 2017 when the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Dr. Musa Ibrahim on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu received in audience the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigedier General Paul T. Boroh (Rtd) who was on a courtesy visit.
Boroh said he came to invite the Ministry to the Niger Delta so as to access the massive rice farmland and interface with the youths in order to arrest the issue of restiveness on the land.
The Special Adviser said “we are interested in partnership with the ministry in this area of agriculture. We also want to partner with the ministry to transform the lives of youths. I think it will douse the tension in the Niger Delta.”
He added that the amnesty programme is using professionals to engage ex-militants in skills acquisition.
Musa expressed his delight and willingness to partner with the Niger Delta people to ease youths’ restiveness in the region. He said the ministry is ready to “partner in any way possible so that together we will work for the common goal of our people”. He thanked the Special Adviser for the visit and thereafter presented the maiden edition of the ministry’s Water Magazine to him.
Margaret E. Umoh