We’ve not learnt lessons in Niger Delta – Minister
Your ministry is perceived to be one of the juiciest. How many projects did you execute in the last one year?
I formed a technical audit committee recently to audit all projects awarded by the ministry. Though members of the committee are yet to submit a comprehensive report, the preliminary report will shock you. What we observed differs remarkably from the claims we have.
Usani Usani is the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs. A former commissioner during the military era and an ex-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Usani spoke recently on his ministry’s activities and Niger Delta militants among other issues. Excerpts:
Don’t you think the reawakening of militancy in the region is a factor and how much is your ministry involved in addressing the restiveness?
My ministry is deeply involved while the operational action is performed by the security agencies. But I must say that the environment is ours and destroying it will not do us any good. Imagine, the Ogoni reclamation is going to take 30 years, yet, we have not learnt. Rather than support President (Muhammadu) Buhari to do more, we are adding to the destruction of the environment, our ecosystem, fresh water and aquatic lives. It is a condemnable and unthinkable approach that should be resisted. Imagine, of all the leaders that this UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme) report was made known to them, it’s only president Buhari that agreed to implement it. I can say that the Niger Delta region is benefiting more under the APC regime than under any other regime.
We seem to hear less of your activities as minister of Niger Delta Affairs. What do you have to say?
Well, I don’t work to be heard, but to achieve results.
Can you briefly tell us about your activities since assumption of office?
I have done what I will say I am happy with. But the ministry is new and so much is yet to be done.
What do you have to say about the administration of