* VP in media chat after town-hall meeting in Ilaje LGA, Ondo State
Que: What is the purpose of your visit to this place?
Ans: As you know, this is the last of the oil producing communities that I have been visiting in the last few months.
Igbokoda in Ilaje Local Government, the oil producing community in this state have also, naturally, demanded a visit, so we are completing the round of visits to the oil producing communities with this particular visit, so it is one of the consultations with the oil producing communities.
Que: Sir, how soon will all these things demanded by the people be implemented?
Ans: Every one of them is being implemented and they are being implemented incrementally. For example we said we were going to open the Maritime University and we are opening in October.
We have said we are going to do modular refineries; we have released the guidelines and licenses are being issued. We are engaging with the communities, we are engaging with the state governments.
We have talked about getting power to Ilaje Local Government, the contract has been awarded, N600 million has been paid. This is a project that has been abandoned for over 10 years but we are doing it and ensuring that power comes to this Local Government Area and to this community.
So, everything is being done, it is incremental but we are taking them step by step. The Ogoni clean up as you know, has already started.
Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President
Office of the Vice President
12 September 2017