The mandate of the Ministry is to fast-track development in the area by coordinating the activities of government agencies, international partners and stakeholders.
The establishment of the Ministry is a demonstration of Mr. President's determination to transform the Niger Delta region and ensure a lasting peace in the region. His sincerity in changing the outlook of the Niger Delta is evidenced in his inclusion of the Niger Delta in his Seven-Point Agenda. Mr. President believes that if there is sustained peace in the Niger Delta, it would be possible for the Ministry of Niger Delta and its development partners to fix the problems in the region.
The establishment of a separate Ministry to handle the development of the Niger Delta is the latest attempt by the Government to find an answer to the myriad of problems ranging from environmental degradation to poverty and unemployment, facing the people of the area.
Other interventionist agencies which had been in place before the emergence of a full fledge ministry included the Niger Delta Development Board of 1960, the Presidential Task Force on 1.5% which the Shagari Administration set up between 1979 and 1983, the Oil Mineral Areas Producing Development Commission, OMPADEC of 1992 and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC which came on board in 2000.
The Ministry became necessary following a noticeable gap between the programmes of interventionist agencies and the expectations of the people of the region.
It is expected to bridge that gap and serve as a coordinating vehicle in driving the development of the Niger Delta region.