Federal Government committed to addressing developmental challenges in the Niger Delta Region - Sen. Akpabio

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio (CON) has stated that the Ministry will address the developmental challenges in the Niger Delta Region.

He disclosed this during a three-day official inspection tour to Imo and Abia States respectively where he inspected the Ministry’s intervention projects sited at various communities in the two states.

The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, who represented the Honourable Minister pointed out that the inspection is part of the Ministry’s effort in the implementation of programmes and projects awarded by the Ministry to boost the infrastructural and human development in the region. He reiterated that states in the region will continue to receive special attention from Federal Government in order to tackle numerous challenges affecting Niger Delta.

In his words, “Imo and Abia States are part of the nine oil producing states that constitute members of the Niger Delta Region. These states should expect more good things, partnership and collaboration with the states government for development of the region”.

“The Ministry has mandate which is committed to fulfilled and we are required to give periodical report to Federal Government on the accomplishment of our mandate”. Olusade stressed.

The Permanent Secretary noted the community’s interest in the Skill Acquisition Centre at Ohaji Egbema local government area and reiterated that the facilities can only be leased to efficient managers that will not abandon the project.

He commended the efforts so far made in completion of some of the project noting that pending issues regarding the projects would be addressed by the Ministry.

The projects inspected in Imo State were a Standard Toilet at Umuhu Central Market Ward 9 in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area, Okpala – Igwuruta Road, massively built Skill Acquisition Center at Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area, Internal Road construction in Owerri township; road construction along Owerri-Elele Road and a Housing Estate at Umuagwo in Imo State.

In Abia State, the team inspected the on-going construction of Ntigha Umuopara Amuzu Akanu Ohanze Isiahia Road in Obioma Ngwa Local Government Area, the Skill Acquisition Center for Oil and Gas at Owazza in Ukwa West Local Government Area, Niger Delta Ministry Housing Welfare Scheme, Umudobia in Ukwa West, Obehie Azumiri Road and Basic Skill Acquisition Center, Ubakala, Umuahia.

Patricia Deworitshe
(Press and PR)
23rd January, 2020

Idle facilities is Ungodly and wasteful - Senator Alasoadura

The Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has lamented that having idle facilities unused is ungodly and wasteful, especially abandoned projects within the Niger Delta region.

The Minister disclosed this in Akure, when he paid a Courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of the State, Mr. Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, recently in Ondo State.

He said having idle facilities is ungodly and wasteful especially within the region; stressing that close to 12 thousand abandoned projects credited to both the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA) in Ondo State alone.

In his words "in the past, things were done with impunity, nobody wants to report anybody", you can get anything provided you know how to manipulate the system but now the Ministry is restoring sanity. He therefore commended the Mr. President for his support at ensuring that the Niger Delta is placed on a better pedestrian.

Sen. Alasoadura also thanked the Governor of Ondo State for the great works he is doing in the State.

In his response, the Executive Governor of Ondo State thanked the Federal Government for appointing two prominent Nigerians from the region noting that both combined together “there is nothing they can't bulldoze, and that having the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) under the Ministry is a step in the right direction.

He also corroborated the statement of the Minister that there are so many abandoned projects in Ondo State and that there are several occurrences of projects overlapped. “We don't need new projects, the abandoned ones on ground should be completed", he emphasised. In addition, he stated that the government of the State is ready to cooperate fully with the Ministry to complete the abandoned projects.

Earlier, the Deji of Akure and Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom, His Imperial Majesty Obalade Toyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, thanked Mr. President for appointing a son of the soil as a Cabinet Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He expressed his dismay at the shabby jobs done at the renovation of the Ondo Town Hall, explaining that the interlocking blocks were not properly set, the roof leakages are appalling, amongst other things.

Responding to the Royal Highness, the Deputy Director, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Salas Bamai, apologized on behalf of the Ministry and stated that the project contractor will be sent back to correct the observations made on the job.

Among the projects in Ondo State, the Hon. Minister of State visited the Iju Utility House, Igbokoda Housing Estate of Ilaja Local Government Area (LGA) Igbekebo Housing Estate of Ese- Odo LGA and the Skills Acquisition Centre, Agadagba Obon. The Skills Acquisition Center has been completed but have been laying fallow for years. The Minister opined that rather than letting it idle away, it could serve as a satellite campus for an institution of higher learning.

Patricia Deworitshe
(Press and PR)
19th January, 2020

Alasoadura Expresses Displeasure at Deteriorable State of the Housing Scheme in Benin

The Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Omotayo Alasoadura has expressed displeasure at the deteriorable state of the Housing scheme in Egba, located off Upper Sakponba Road, Benin City, Edo State, which over the years, led to its vandalism.

The Minister disclosed this, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of the State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki at the Edo State Government House, Benin City on Thursday, 16th January, 2020. He said, during the inspection of the Estate, he noticed that the project have been built to a level of commissioning but have been vandalized due to its location and lack of security/basic amenities.

Sen. Alasoadura also lamented that bushes have over taken almost all the housing project. He, therefore, advised the State Government in future, to allocate areas that are close to the people to avoid wastage.

He also stressed on the essence of proximity, emphasizing that "human beings are like ants who wants to live together and that it will take ages before people move here".

In his response, the Executive Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, thanked the Minister for his timely visit and assured him of the State Government full support and promised to look into some of the Ministry's project to bring it back alive and get the Units occupied. He, therefore, seek for the Ministry's support in the area of collaboration either in Energy sufficiency, Education, Economy, Agriculture etc.

Earlier, The Deputy Director, Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Salas Bamai said it was lack of funds that led to non-delivery of the projects.

According to him, "the Housing project was awarded in 2010, 2012 and 2014 work had gone far. In 2015, the former Minister, MNDA, Dr. Usani Uguru Usani, wanted the project commissioned but was hindered by the community because of lack of basic amenities like Schools, Hospitals, Police Post, amongst others. He, therefore called on the Federal Government to provide necessary funds to complete the project and hand over same to the beneficiaries.

In a similar development, the Minister of State, MNDA also visited the complete rehabilitation and reconstruction of Otua-ikhin road and the Otuo-Afuze road both in Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State, Phase 11, which are 75% and 50% completed respectively.

He commended the contractor and expressed his satisfaction at the work done so far, noting that the road is fairly good and task him to ensure that the grey areas are amended.

In his response, the resident Engineer of Triacta Nigeria Limited, Mr. Patrick Abdallah, said the road project was awarded in June, 2019 and assured of its timely delivery in May 2020.

Patricia Deworishe
(Press and PR) Unit
17th January, 2020

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