On the demand by Nigerians to restructure Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is waiting for the outcome of the National Assembly’s consultations on restructuring
The President stated this when he received the leadership of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) at the State House, Abuja, on Friday.
Professor Benjamin Okaba led the National Executives of the Ijaw apex group. Ijaw elders, including traditional rulers attended the meeting.
President Buhari lauded INC’s recent affirmation of one Nigeria stand and declaration of support for the fight against insecurity.
Buhari enjoined the leadership of the association to use its influence to keep Nigeria a united and indivisible entity.
He addressed the group on the demand of creation of states, allocation of operational licenses for marginal fields to Ijaw people, inauguration of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), among others.
On restructuring, Buhari pointed out that the National Assembly is working on the calls and has concluded regional consultations.
‘‘As soon as they finalise the process, necessary action would not be delayed on my part,’’ he assured.
On the call to create two additional states and more local government areas for the Ijaw people, the President said it has to go through legislative procedures.
Buhari promised on the NDDC saga, that the board would be inaugurated as soon as the forensic audit report is submitted and accepted.
On the Hydrocarbon Remediation Project, Buhari confirmed he had directed the Ministry of Environment to ensure that the remediation efforts in Ogoni are implemented.