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Federal Government distributes 150 Tricycles to Youths, Women in Cross River State

Federal Government has distributed 150 tricycles to youths and women in Calabar, Cross River State. This is in line with its mission of improving the economic and social wellbeing of Niger Deltans.

The initiative aimed, at improving the ease of transportation and enhancing economic activities in the State, which is one of many put in place by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to improve the standard of living of the people in the Niger Delta region.

This was disclosed in Calabar, Cross River State, by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, at the distribution of the tricycles where he revealed that the programme was aimed at improving the lives of the vulnerable in the society, the physically challenged, widows, and orphans, who are, most times, financially handicapped.

The Minister, who was represented by Mrs Lauretta Braide, Director of Community Development and Education Department of the Ministry. He said the event was the first phase of the scheme was limited to three Local Government Areas of the Southern Senatorial District of the State. She also said that other parts of the State and other states of the region would benefit from subsequent phases of the empowerment programme as soon as the implementation of the 2018 budget commences.

He expressed hope that the initiative would lead to improved peace and development of Cross River State and other states in the Niger Delta region. He said that the scheme was complementary to the commendable efforts of the State Government to create employment opportunities for its populace.

Usani advised the beneficiaries against selling their tricycles as this would defeat the essence of the scheme, rather, they should be put to good economic use for their benefits, their families and the society.

In his remarks, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Aminu Aliyu BIsalla, represented by Dr. Sam Eno, Director of Planning, Research and Statistics congratulated the beneficiaries for getting selected to gain from the scheme and urged them to put the tricycles to good use.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Florence Akonjom Ayip, thanked the Federal Government for “thinking of such a brilliant initiative”.

Mrs. Ayip said that as a widow it had been financially tasking to take care of her children and other responsibilities, expressed confidence that the tricycle would help in ameliorating her difficulties. Mrs Ekanem Henshaw, another beneficiary commended the Federal Government for making the scheme gender sensitive, promising that her tricycle would be judiciously used to improve her financial status.

Mr. Richard Etim Edet, a youth beneficiary said that been selected, as one of the beneficiaries was a big relief, as he would no longer wonder to earn a living.

Marshall Gundu

Director Press

11th September 2018.

Scarcity of Funds Stalls Remediation of Polluted Areas of Niger Delta – Minister

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, has attributed the slow pace of remediation of polluted areas of the Niger Delta region to the scarcity of funds.

Usani said this, in Abuja when the new Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Nigeria Agip Oil Company, Mr. Fiorillo Lorenzo, visited him. He said the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of the urgent need to check the effects of pollution in the Niger Delta region but was constrained by other pressing demands of the country.

He therefore called on the new Managing Director of NAOC to make the clean-up of polluted areas in the Niger Delta region one of the priorities of his company, adding that the Ministry was willing to collaborate with it on the development of the region.

The Minister, who expressed appreciation to the oil company for its previous efforts in developing the region, urged it to abide by the Ministry’s Strategic Implementation Work Plan that is geared towards the avoidance of duplicity of projects by its development partners.

In his remarks, Professor Claudius Omoleye Daramola, Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, urged the Managing Director to evolve ways of helping the Federal Government curb the issues of oil spillage and youth restiveness as they were some of the challenges of the region.

The Minister of State also urged management of Nigeria Agip Oil Company to make provision for aged and retired Niger Deltans.

Mr. Fiorillo Lorenzo said that the visit was part of his familiarisation visit to development partners and stakeholders of the Niger Delta region on assumption of duty. He promised not to renege on the efforts made by his predecessors to develop the region.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, urged the company to maintain good communication with the Ministry especially on its efforts to develop the Niger Delta region.

Marshall Gundu

Director Press

6th September, 2018

Peer Review Mechanism for Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

Delivered by Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, Permanent Secretary on Monday, 6th August 2018.

Presentation Outline

  • Background of the Ministry
  • Mandate of the Ministry
  • Structure of the Ministry
  • Key performance indicators
  • Status of Budget implementation
  • Institutional strength
  • Work environment
  • Management relationship
  • Staff welfare
  • Productivity improvement initiatives
  • Compliance with Executive Orders
  • Compliance with Federal Civil Service strategic plans
  • Challenges and way forward

Birth of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs

“The Newly created Ministry of the Niger Delta would serve as the primary vehicle for the delivery of the Administration’s agenda for the rapid socio-economic development of the oil-rich, but long neglected region” – Late Umaru Musa Yar’adua, GCFR, Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (Sept. 12th 2008).

“The New Ministry would oversee the implementation of measures and policies to resolve the peculiar problems of the Niger Delta” – Late Umaru Musa Yar’adua, GCFR, Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (Sept. 12th, 2008).

Yar’adua, GCFR, Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (Sept. 12th, 2008) “The Ministry will co-ordinate our efforts to tackle the challenges of infrastructural development, environmental protection and youth empowerment in the region” - Late Umaru Musa Yar’adua, GCFR, Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (Sept. 12th, 2008).

Introduction

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs was created in September 2008 by the late President Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, GCFR, to address and resolve the crises in the Niger Delta region. The Establishment of a separate Ministry to handle the development of the Region was another attempt by the Government to find a lasting solution to the myriad of problems ranging from environmental degradation, poverty and unemployment, facing the people of the area. Other interventionist agencies which had been in place before the emergence of the Ministry include, the Niger Delta Development Board (NDDB) of 1960, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on 1.5% derivation which Shagari Administration set up between 1979 and 1983, the Oil Mineral Producing Area Development Commission, OMPADEC of 1992 and the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) which came on board in 2000.

Background of the Niger Delta Region

The Niger Delta Region is the third largest wetland in the world and harbours over 176 trillion Standard Cubic feet of gas and 40 billion barrels of oil reserves. It is made up of nine states: Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers with a population of over 30 million people in (2005) covering a total of 185 Local Government Areas.

Vision of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs

To create a peaceful and conducive environment for Economic Development; Wealth Creation; Human Capital and Infrastructural Development.

Mandate of the Ministry

The mandate of the Ministry is to formulate policies and coordinate implementation of projects and programmes aimed at rapid socio-economic development of the region through addressing challenges of infrastructural development, environmental protection, youth and women empowerment.

Structure of the Ministry 

The ministry is made up of 5 technical, 7 service departments and 6 units Technical Departments

  • Infrastructure Department (ID)
  • Environmental Management Department (EM)
  • Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD)
  • Community Development and Education Department (CDE)
  • Economic Empowerment Department (EED) Service Departments
  • Human Resources Management Department (HRM)
  • Finance and Accounts Department (F&A)
  • Planning Research and Statistics Department (PRS)
  • Reform Coordination and Service Improvement Department
  • General Services Department (GSD)
  • Special Duties Department (SD)
  • Procurement Department

Units

  • Press
  • Legal
  • Survey
  • Gender
  • Internal audit
  • Anti-corruption

States Offices (9)

Parastatal

  • NDDC (oversight on delegated authority)

Ministry’s Key Performance Indicators in Line with Economic Recovery Growth Plan

The Ministry’s projects and programmes are as follows:

  • Investing in the people;
  • Social Inclusion;
  • Job creation and youth empowerment;
  • Human capital development;
  • Building a Globally Competitive Economy; and
  • Investing in Infrastructure.

The Ministry has set out key execution priorities aimed at achieving the following:

  • Arresting Environmental Degradation and stemming the effects of climate change;
  • Stabilizing the macroeconomic environment;
  • Achieving agriculture and food security;
  • Ensuring energy sufficiency (power and petroleum products);
  • Improving transportation infrastructure; and
  • Improved human capital.

These include:

  • Construction of roads;
  • Construction of Skills Acquisition Centres;
  • Housing scheme development;
  • Electrification;
  • Development of urban water schemes;
  • Canalization/Dredging;
  • Shoreline Protection, Erosion Control, Conservation and Development of Coastal Ecosystems;
  • Restoration and rehabilitation of the degraded Ecosystems, Land Reclamation, Remediation and Restoration of oil impacted Sites;
  • Construction of Jetties;
  • Establishment of Cassava and Oil Palm Processing Plants;
  • Establishment of Fisheries and Poultry Farms;
  • Training and Empowerment of women, youth and vulnerable groups in various vocations for self-reliance in: -
    • Oil and gas,
    • Maritime,
    • Agriculture,
    • ICT, and
    • Leadership training.

For the achievement of key performance indicators (KPIs) and adherence to the best global standards in service delivery, the Ministry has established mechanisms for monitoring projects and programmes as follows:

  • The statutory quarterly monitoring of projects and programmes by the Department of Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS), Internal Audit, ACTU and the Federal Audit Department; and
  • Regular monitoring of activities by implementing Departments. 

Major Projects and Programmes of the Ministry

Infrastructure Development

Water Supply Projects

  • Provision of Two Mini Water Schemes In Each State Of The Niger Delta;
  • Provision of Motorized Solar Powered Borehole in Ejeba, Warri South, Delta State; and
  • Construction of 5 Nos Solar Powered Boreholes in Mfuma, Igede Ugaga, Ooh And Abakpa in Ogoja, Cross River State.

Electrical Projects

  • Electrification Project in Ogbagbene in Delta State;
  • Supply and Installation of Transformer And Accessories(500kva) in Ekurede, Warri South LGA, Delta State;
  • Electrification Project at Otuoke, Bayelsa State;
  • Provision of 33kv/500kva Transformers in the Niger Delta State of Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delat, Edo, Ondo and Rivers States;
  • Solar Lighting Project at Ode-Aye in Okitiputa LGA, Ondo State;
  • Supply and Installation of 33kva Transformer in Ohoba Omuagwo, Abacheke, Agawa, Nkweshi, Awa, Ibiasigbe, Egwe Aji and Egwe in Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta Oru West, Imo State;
  • Electrification Project at Okirika, Rivers State; and
  • Installation of Solar Powered Street-Lights at Abacheke Osuiche, Ndionyemodi Egboma Ubullu Oruetekwuru Oguta in Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta Oru West Federal Constituency in Imo State.

Environmental Management Projects

  1. Canalization/River Training of Foupolo-Bulou Ndoro Creek, Burutu LGA, Delta State;
  2. Canalization at Baternren-Tselu-Utannoyibo Creek, Warri South West LGA, Delta State;
  3. Land Reclamation/Shoreline Protection at Kurutie, Gbaramatu Clan, Warri South LGA, Delta State;
  4. Land Reclamation At Ibakang Nssit – Ikot Ekpo-Unyehe Road, Nsit Attai LGA, Akwa Ibom State;
  5. Building of Embarkment for Flood and Erosion Control at Ita and Mbiabo Beach of Ikoneto Cross River State; and
  6. Flood and Erosion Control at Odywer Street, Calabar Cross River State.

Housing and Urban Development

  1. Construction of Skills Acquisition Centres in the 9 States of the Region;
  2. Construction of Housing Estates in the 9 States of the Region;
  3. Construction of Health Centres in the 9 States of the Region;
  4. Construction of Block of Classrooms in the 9 States of the Region;
  5. Construction of State Offices in the 9 States of the Region;
  6. Construction of Basic Skills Acquisition Centre in Umuahia, Abia State;
  7. Construction of Multipurpose Hall at Ishibori, Cross River State; and
  8. Construction of Psychiatric Hospital at Osisioma, Abia State.

Economic Empowerment

  1. 9 Nos Cassava Processing Plants Fully Established, One in Each of The Nine States Of The Region; Igbotako (Ondo State); Isiama, Afara-Ukwu and Azougwugwu Obingwa, (Abia State); Bah Lueke, Khana (Rivers State); Wanakom (Crs); Gbarantoru – Epitiama (Bayelsa State); Afi-Uda (Akwa Ibom); Okwekenta, Ngor Okpala and Mbutu, Mbaise (Imo State).
  2. Establishment of 9 Nos Oil Palm Processing Plants in Each of the States is Ongoing with 2 fully completed; Omuehihe Okwu Ikeduru (Imo State); Uzoumuchukwu Osieke Ugwunagbo (Abia State); Ikot Ntan Nsit Uyo (Akwa Ibom State); Nko Yakurr (Crs); Ode- Irele (Ondo State); Ase Ndokwa (Delta State); Adagbabiri, Sagbama (Bayelsa State); Akinima Ahoada West (Rivers State); Erbo Yard/Ekhator (Edo State).
  3. Training and Empowerment: 1,950 Women and Vulnerable Groups were Trained and Empowered in Crop Production, Poultry, Fishery, Snailry and Confectioneries.

Community Development and Education

  • Training of non-militant in Artisanship for the Housing sector;
  • Training of Youth in the Maritime sector, Soap-making and Entrepreneurship;
  • Peace and Security Enlightenment/Sensitization in communities to curb restiveness and accelerate socio-economic development of the region;
  • Community Medical Outreach Programmes to address communicable and non-communicable diseases among others;
  • Equipping of Schools with desks and chairs, computers, blackboards etc to improve the level of educational standards in the Region.

Budget Performance (2013 -2017)

Inferred from above, the ministry barely received 50% of its approved budget in the last 5 years even though contracts were awarded in full. This inadvertently led to a number of uncompleted and abandoned projects negating the developmental vision.

Further to above, insertion of projects by the National Assembly without reference to the ministry led to dislocation of budget implementation. This year, over 100 new projects were inserted in the budget of the ministry, most of which are not clearly defined thereby imposing serious procurement challenges.

Work Environment

The Head Quarters of the Ministry is located in phase I of the Federal Secretariat Complex with offices scattered on 8 floors of the complex, making coordination and monitoring of the staff and activities difficult.

The Ministry is not responsible for the maintenance of the complex, hence it is very difficult to reasonably impact on the maintenance of shared services such as toilet, water supply and electricity which are often in a deplorable and erratic conditions Electrical appliances/structures on the 10th and 11th floors that were destroyed by the unfortunate fire incident 4 months ago are yet to be rectified despite repeated follow ups with the OSGF.

The Ministry maintains offices in the 9 states of the region 8 of which are on rented properties.

Despite daunting challenges associated with depleting over-head releases, the ministry maintains a clean environment where concerted efforts are made to maintain and repair facilities.

Management Relationship

Relationship with the political leadership has been very cordial and supportive just as is with the management, other staff and Labour Unions. Periodic meetings are held with the ministers, management and staff. Guided open door policy enables general level of interaction with broad classes of staff enhancing cordial relationship in the system, bridging communication gaps and enhances accountability and transparency in the system.

Institutional Strength of the Ministry 

  • The Ministry has a staff strength of 935;
  • 475 are under pool;
  • There are 231 Professional/Technical Staff;
  • The Ministry undertakes effective Staff training and capacity building in Technical areas;
  • This year 480 middle level officers (GL 07-09), 63 Clerical Officers and 44 Directorate officers Cadre were given training with emphasis on Executive Orders and Civil Service Strategic Plan 2017-2020;
  • 22 Drivers were also trained at Works Training School at Abeokuta, Ogun State;
  • The Ministry runs an intensive IT Course using In-house capacity, to train Staff in batches of twenty staff;
  • The Ministry has established functional PPP and IPPIS Desks and all Staff have been captured under IPPIS platform; and
  • There are regular Management/General Staff Meetings.

Staff Welfare 

  • The Ministry operates a service wide staff bus scheme with 5 refurbished and renovated buses;
  • Plans are under way to acquire more buses;
  • There are welfare packages for Salah and Christmas periods;
  • Sporting activities are fully supported;
  • Physically challenged staff are given due attention and consideration;
  • Internal communication system is developed through which staff are informed and kept up to date about the activities going on in the Ministry; and
  • Staff in the State offices are given seamless consideration as those in the Headquarters.

Compliance with Executive Order 

The Ministry has achieved Real time update of the Website populated with detailed activities of the Ministry and installed dedicated telephone lines for responding to public enquiries.

Compliance with FCS Strategic Plan 2017-2020 

  • The Ministry is engaged in mandatory structured training to reposition and improve quality of service delivery;
  • Improved punctuality and timeline delivery of files;
  • Staff welfare is given prominence;
  • Strict adherence to transparency;
  • Ensured that our processes are consistent with EPIC culture which is building values of the service, accountability, discipline, impartiality, political neutrality and patriotism;
  • As a measure of our performance indicator, transparency, communication and collaboration have been improved; and
  • Quality of work also improved as a result of adherence to EPIC culture.

Challenges

  • Inadequate Funding for Community engagements;
  • Funding Gaps for Projects;
  • Lots of litigation arising from project implementation;
  • Lack of coordination and synergy among intervening agencies; and
  • Arbitrary insertion of projects by the National Assembly.

Way Forward

  • Enhancement of funding sources through the national budget as well as other external sources i.e. other stakeholders and international development organizations.
  • Collaboration between public agencies intervening in the region for effective delivery.
  • Effective engagement of private sector development agencies and other non-governmental agencies.
  • Effective pre-budget planning engagement with relevant committees of the National Assembly.
  • Leverage fully on the opportunity offered by the inter-ministerial committee on Niger Delta chaired by His Excellency the Vice President.

Our Address

11th Floor Federal Secretariat, 
Central Business District
FCT Abuja, Nigeria. 
Proc. Contact: +234 7058477506 
F&A Contact:   +234 7056234357 
IDD Contact:   +234 7058486636 
EMD Contact:  +234 7058480245
HUD Contact:  +234 7058482154 
CDE Contact:   +234 7058479498 
EED Contact:   +234 7058481905
E-mail: dprs@nigerdelta.gov.ng 
E-mail: hrm@nigerdelta.gov.ng

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