By James Sowole in Akure
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday lamented that a large part of the huge amount of money that had been spent in the Niger Delta region through various intervention programmes has translated to nothing.
He stated this at Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, where he delivered the Second Foundation Lecture of Elizade University, which was established by a major auto dealer, Chief Ade Ojo.
The lecture was titled “The Future: Here Earlier Than We Thought”.
The Vice President, while reacting to questions raised at the event graced by dignitaries including top traditional rulers and other people from all walks of life, declared that the Niger Delta Avengers are nothing but a group fighting for their own pockets.
“The NDA are not freedom fighters but people fighting for their private pockets. The people are not fighting for the development of the region.
“They are economic warriors fighting for their private pockets. They are not working for the interest of the region”, he said.
Osinbajo said rather than glorifying the NDA, they should be blamed saying if they are freedom fighters why would they destroy source of economic power.
“They had been creating more problems in the region by their activities. They had been polluting environment and making lives more difficult for the people.”
Osinbajo, who blamed poor electricity generation in the country on the blowing up of pipelines that supply gas to power stations, said the nation’s oil production had declined by about 800,000 barrels per day.