The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to partner with nine Niger Delta States to harness other resources, aside oil, for the sustainable development and peace of the nation.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this at the opening of the second National Council on Niger Delta summit in Akure, Ondo State.
Professor Osinbajo, who also paid a courtesy visit to the palace of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, said bitumen is critical to the development of the state.
He said exploration of the solid mineral would open up Ondo State and create jobs for the people of the state.
According to the Vice President, the future of oil is decline, which is why it is the duty of all stakeholders to explore all the opportunities now and ensure government is not constantly battling with the security of the pipelines.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, who led the delegates from the Niger Delta States, said the council is reworking the vision for more sustainable peace and development in the region.