Buhari Administration Means Well For Niger Delta Region – NEPAD Nigeria CEO, Akobundu

NEPAD Nigeria CEO, Princess Gloria Akobundu, says the Buhari Administration means well for the people of the

Niger Delta region and has assured the zone that the Presidential Economic Diversification Initiative of Mr

President is already working and reaching for the ultimate objective.


The NEPAD Nigeria boss, who stated the above, Saturday, in Asaba, Delta State, while interacting with journalists

during the summit that was organised as part of the Niger Delta Agricultural and Industrial Development Initiative

in Asaba, said the intention of the President was to devise a means to empower the youths of the Niger Delta

region by bringing in funds through local and foreign investors to revamp ailing industries, build more cottage

ones, develop skills and transfer technology to the youth and women populations of the region.


Her words: ‘‘This is why we have come into Delta State with not only investors, but financing and linking

institutions like Bank of Industry, Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), Bank of

Agriculture, Nigeria Export Import Bank (NEXIM), Nigeria Sovereign Wealth Investment Authority, NEPAD and the

rest. Through these organisations, bankable projects would attract loans and sponsorship, which will in turn

trickle down as measurable benefits to our people; especially, the youth whose restiveness will be curbed, if not

wiped away completely’’, the NEPAD Nigeria CEO informed.


While calling for more support for the activities and programmes of the Presidential Economic Diversification

Initiative Team, Akobundu said it was high time Nigeria grew its own economy and create jobs through

encouraging the manufacturing sector instead of the current over-dependence on imported goods and



Nkem Anyata-Lafia

NEPAD, Nigeria

September 30,2017.