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.
(Press and PR)
23rd January, 2020