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Budgetary Allocation To Niger Delta: APC Chieftain Lauds President Buhari

The Leader of APC Ahoada East  Hon. Barr. Eric Apia has praised President Buhari on budgetary allocation to the Niger Delta.

Hon Barr. Eric Apia who was reacting to the 2018 budget estimates presented by President Buhari to the joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday, as it affects the Niger Delta Region, expressed happiness over budgetary allocations of  N17.32 Billion for the completion of the East/West Road in 2018 which has been a burden to the people of Niger Delta, as well as the Federal Government Amnesty programme which would gulp N65 Billion in the coming fiscal year. He also commends the president on  including the extension of Rail line to Warri in Delta State and the inclusion of Yenegoa in the Lagos-Calabar rail line project. The increase in the budgetary capital allocation to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to the tune of N53.89Billion to meet the aspirations of the Niger Delta in terms of development.

Furthermore, the Legal luminary applauded Mr President for creating a special fund of N300 billion earmarked for critical roads infrastructure of which the Niger Delta is expected to take a large chunk therefrom.

In his words; "it's unprecedented in the history of the Niger Delta and indeed Nigeria at large that a president will commit so much funds into the hitherto marginalised area, it is interesting to note that out of the over N150 billion earmarked for the Federal government social investment programs, over N20 billion will be sunk in the Niger Delta via Npower, Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), Government Enterprise Empowerment Program (GEEP), Home-grown free school feeding for primary school pupils and other welfare programs and this goes to show that the president has the poor and less-privileged of the area at heart".

The APC leader in Ahoada East LGA also showered encomiums on the President Mohamadu Buhari led administration for its commitment to pursue with vigour the full implementation the Ogoni clean-up exercise and the provision of its counterpart funding for Bonny-Bodo road project which according to the President, when completed would open up the economic potentials of the Niger Delta Region beyond the shores of Nigeria. This is a clear indication  of a President that bears the burden of the people of Niger Delta.

Hon Barr Eric Apia noted with trust that all the projects that are earmarked for the Niger Delta Region as captured in the proposed 2018 budget estimates would go a long way in fast-tracking the  infrastructural deficit that had ravaged  the region in the past and maintain peace and security in the Niger Delta for economic and social activities to thrive.

The Leader APC Ahoada East  called on all aggrieved persons or communities in the region to sheathe their sword and support the President who he said has demonstrated high level of sincerity towards the development of the Niger Delta Region.

He urged all and sundry to give peace a chance and embrace the good initiatives of President Buhari in developing the region.

He also eulogized the President's team from the Niger Delta led by the able lion himself, the Honourable Minister of Transportation and leader of APC in Rivers State and in the South South Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi  CON for been a remarkable team which the president is proud of by their eye-catching excellent performances in their various portfolios.

Long live Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi CON!
Long live President Mohammadu Buhari GCFR!!
Long live Nigeria!!!