The Federal Government FG has expressed its readiness to partner with the Niger Delta region in line with the present administration’s resolve to diversify the economy from oil to agriculture and reduce youths’ restiveness.
Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu , spoke when he received the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigedier General Paul T. Boroh (Rtd), in his office.
He said the Federal government, through the ministry, was prepared to engage youths in the region in agriculture and aqua culture.
The minister, who spoke through the permanent secretary Dr. Musa Ibrahim, said the ministry was ready to “partner in any way possible so that together we will work for the common goal of our people”.
Earlier, Boroh had stated that the partnership involved access to 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 was using professionals to engage ex-militants in skills acquisition.