Port Harcourt — The Federal Government has stressed the need to engage soil remediation experts to help in restoring oil-impacted sites in the Niger Delta to its natural pollution-free state.
The minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who disclosed this recently, said the move would enhanced soil usefulness, as it would encourage agriculture business and prevent endemic poverty in the region.
Akpabio made this known when the French ambassador to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquier, paid him a courtesy call recently in his office.
He told the French emissary that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs was established to quell the agitation of the people of the Niger Delta region and to bring development to the region.
The minister also expressed readiness of the Federal Government to collaborate with the French Government in setting up virology centres which will address and tackle the spread of infectious diseases in the Niger Delta region.
He assured the ambassador that the ministry would be prudent and transparent in any financial assistance offered by the French government.
Earlier, the French ambassador, Pasquier, indicated the readiness of his country to cooperate with Nigeria in the production of vaccines, urging Nigeria to also collaborate with other African countries to make COVID-19 vaccine production a reality.