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Nigerian Tribune: Niger Delta crisis worries Saraki

KWARA State governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the weekend expressed concern over the activities of militants in Niger Delta, noting that 25 per cent loss in oil production by Shell is a threat to the nation’s economy.
Dr. Saraki, who expressed the concern while signing the state 2006 budget of N35.71 billion into law, said the 25 per cent loss in oil production would affect the implementation of the country’s budget.
The governor expressed concern over the nine expatriates kidnapped by the youths in the Niger Delta and appealed to the foreign countries to show solidarity with Nigeria.
Speaking on the state budget, Dr. Saraki said the government focus was on education, health and agriculture because “we believe these are the key areas of human development.”
He stated that the government embarked on renovation of four secondary schools in the state last year to make them role models in the country, adding that 16 others would be renovated this year.
He said the government would lay more emphasis on primary health care which was started in 2005 through renovation of the 33 general hospitals across the state.
On agriculture, the governor said the budget would promote agriculture which he said could be sustained and be made effective through irrigation.

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