By Chris Ochayi
Abuja – The British Government, weekend expressed readiness to collaborate with the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s to urgently fast tract the development of the Niger Delta Region.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Paul Arkwright gave the assurance when he visited the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Pastor Usani Usani in Abuja,
Arkwright said his government is more than ready to join hands with the Federal Government and other development partners with a view to placing the region on the global map of massive development.
The High Commissioner, who is barely two months in the country disclosed further that he was at the ministry to enquire about key priority in the region, adding, his country was gratified with recent successful and credible elections as well as the smooth transition of power in Nigeria.
The British Government he said on that note decided to partner with it in every possible areas of collaboration to actualise peace and development, particularly in the oil rich region of Nigeria.
The Ambassador who described Niger Delta Region as a critical Part of Nigeria , said, it is poised to achieving new targets set to boost uncommon opportunities that will close existing development gaps in the oil rich region.
Responding, the Minister , Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Usani expressed satisfaction with the offer and commended the British government for what he termed as massive support in the democratic process of Nigeria and in the fight against insurgency .
He pleaded with the British not to withdraw it support to the nation especially in the area of boosting Nigeria’s politics, product and industry as well as its assistance as it pertains to regulatory institutions.
He also stressed the need for government of British to help secure the nation’s badly polluted environment by aiding to upgrade the existing environmental standard and procedure that is already in
Usani told the high Commissioner that while Nigeria is working tirelessly to diversify from Oil to Agriculture, it would be highly appreciated if the tender professional support in this regard as well as help in convincing the World Bank to key into the vision.