Minister of Information Mr. Labaran Maku has said that President Goodluck Jonathan surpassed his predecessors in the provision of infrastructure in the Niger-Delta region.
Maku said this, Thursday, in Abuja at the ongoing Ministerial Platform, organised by the Federal Ministry of Information.
He claimed that the quantum of development recorded in the region could be attributed to government’s commitment, through allocations to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
He also said that state governments through improved federal allocations and interventions by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC was gradually reversing the infrastructure gap in the region.
"Since the Niger-Delta Ministry was created till now, no government has been committing resources to help the Niger Delta get additional infrastructure. When I went to the Niger Delta recently on the national good governance tour I can report to you that the Niger Delta is witnessing progress that has never been seen in that region since 1960," he said.
Maku added that governments in the Niger Delta region had made serious efforts to justify the improvements in the allocations to their states. He noted that such improvements were manifest in the new roads, bridges, housing, power and education projects that could be seen in states in the region.
He, however, urged the people of the region not to relent in supporting their respective state governments as well as the federal government and other development partners in the region.