Abuja – The British Government, weekend expressed readiness to collaborate with the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s to urgently fast tract the development of the Niger Delta Region.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Paul Arkwright gave
the assurance when he visited the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Pastor
Usani Usani in Abuja,
Arkwright said his government is more than ready to join hands with
the Federal Government and other development partners with a view to
placing the region on the global map of massive development.
The High Commissioner, who is barely two months in the country
disclosed further that he was at the ministry to enquire about key
priority in the region, adding, his country was gratified with recent
successful and credible elections as well as the smooth transition of
power in Nigeria.
The British Government he said on that note decided to partner with
it in every possible areas of collaboration to actualise peace and
development, particularly in the oil rich region of Nigeria.
The Ambassador who described Niger Delta Region as a critical Part of
Nigeria , said, it is poised to achieving new targets set to boost
uncommon opportunities that will close existing development gaps in the
oil rich region.
Responding, the Minister , Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor
Usani Usani expressed satisfaction with the offer and commended the
British government for what he termed as massive support in the
democratic process of Nigeria and in the fight against insurgency .
He pleaded with the British not to withdraw it support to the nation
especially in the area of boosting Nigeria’s politics, product and
industry as well as its assistance as it pertains to regulatory
He also stressed the need for government of British to help secure
the nation’s badly polluted environment by aiding to upgrade the
existing environmental standard and procedure that is already in
Usani told the high Commissioner that while Nigeria is working
tirelessly to diversify from Oil to Agriculture, it would be highly
appreciated if the tender professional support in this regard as well as
help in convincing the World Bank to key into the vision.