Minister of Information, Labaran Maku
The federal government has approved 44 infrastructural projects to be executed by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to ameliorate dearth of roads, bridges and other facilities needed to improve the living condition of the people of the oil rich region.
In similar vein, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), Wednesday approved the sum of N3.5 billion to cater for the inclusion of military retirees in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), and N13.3 billion f contract for the provision of infrastructural in the Phase II development of Mbora district in the suburb of the Federal Capita Territory (FCT).
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, in company of his Defence and FCT counterparts, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide and Erelu Olusola Obada respectively, briefed State House Correspondents on the outcome of the Wednesday meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Maku, the FEC deliberated extensively on the Niger Delta Master Plan and approved the projects to help the NDDC expedite action on the construction of roads, bridges and upgrading of infrastructural projects that will help reduce the impact of environmental degradation in the area.
The minister did not however mention how much the 44 projects which will be located in Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Imo and Ondo; will cost. He, nonetheless, stated that other infrastructure that will receive major attention include provision of water, agriculture and health.