Minister of Niger Delta on Kidnapping of Foreigners
By Isaac Nkuma
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godsday Orubebe has condemned the activities of some Youths in the Niger Delta Region who still indulge in kidnapping, describing it as a major set-back to the development of the Region.
He expressed his displeasure during a visit to the site of the new Okoso bridge under construction along the Bayelsa-Delta axis of the East West Road where two expatriates were abducted.
The Okoso bridge is one of the bridges on the Bayelsa Delta axis of the East-West road which was washed away during the 2012 flood disaster. With the Federal Government’s quest to complete the East West Road by December 2014, work has resumed at this section of the road with the construction of a new bridge, but the contractor Saheed Kataf told the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs that kidnapping of his workers is a major concern.
The Minister also visited the Odi Housing Project in Bayelsa State where 40 Units of 2 and 3 Bedroom Bungalows are being constructed for displaced persons of the 2010 Odi raid by Soldiers. He said the Housing Project is replicated in all the Niger Delta States to meet the housing needs of the People, with most of them to be completed by July this year.