Osinbajo arrives Edo State, meets Oba of Benin

Posted March 07, 2017

He said: "Our plan is to visit all the oil communities in Edo State but what happened is that the Abuja airport would be closed down tomorow and we would not have enough time to visit all the communities".

Osinbajo's visit to Edo State is part of the Federal Government's effort to engage leaders of oil producing states on ways to resolve the lingering crisis in the Niger Delta region.

The governor appealed to the acting president to schedule another visit to the state to assess the level of development in the oil producing communities.

Osinbajo made this disclosure during his courtesy visit to the palace of the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II in Benin-City.

Obaseki said that the state was ready to work with the Federal Government to bring more development to the oil-producing areas.

He however gave the assurance that the federal government's new era and vision aimed at developing oil-bearing communities and other areas will boost development, unity and peaceful coexistence.

As part of his Niger Delta peace tour, Osinbajo visited Delta state in January, Bayelsa, Rivers and Imo states in February and Akwa-Ibom and Edo in March.

"I can tell you how many of these projects are supposed to have been completed, and when you look in the books, they say they have been completed, but they have not been completed; they have not been done, many have not even started at all".

"It is a story of many years of corruption that has deprived our people especially people from the oil producing communities of their means of livelihood". It is that of several engagements that we are committed because it is not good to look at the plight of the and ignore the people.

Meanwhile, the dialogue was disrupted for three minutes when the acting president received a phone call from President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was then that the programme moderator informed the audience that the acting president needed to be excused to receive a call from the president.Host Governor Godwin Obaseki said the mild interruption was a reflection of the feeling of neglect by the people of the region. "The time we have spent in the past few days going from communities to communities show that it is a serious engagement".

Rev Ugolor said if the Federal government was determined to develop the Niger Delta, focus should be shifted from testifying traditional institutions to the people.