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Over 2000 people get free eye surgery, treatments, others from Federal Government

Not less than 2000 people in the Niger Delta region have benefited from the Federal Government's free medical outreach at Nko, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State over the weekend.

Speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, represented by the Director Community Development and Education in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mrs. Lauren Braide, said the 3-day event was part of the Ministry's sensitization and enlightenment campaign programme on HIV/AIDS, Rollback Malaria, Cancer and Eye care in the Niger Delta region.

The Permanent Secretary called on stakeholders and Non-governmental organisations to support the Federal Government's efforts at meeting the health needs of the people of the oil-rich Niger Delta region.

"The turnout is quite beyond our expectations, we will ensure that very serious cases will be given referrers where necessary," he added.

Bisalla reiterated that similar events had taken place in some states of the region, Ondo, Edo, and Akwa Ibom saying that Delta and Bayelsa States were captured as the beneficiaries of the ongoing exercise.

The Permanent secretary hinted that the sorry state of the Community Health Centre at Nko had been noted, adding that necessary steps would be taken to upgrade the facility.

The event witnessed free eye surgery of over 100 people, children and the elderly, free test and distribution of drugs for people suffering from malaria, diabetes, high blood pressure and those living with HIV/AIDS, as more than 2000 people received free eye glasses and drugs, after being tested by medical personnel.

In his remarks, the traditional ruler of Nko community, His Royal Majesty, Obel Effifiom Ayomobi expressed gratitude to the Federal Government in attending to the medical needs of the people of the Niger Delta region, especially the people of Nko and its environs, saying, "A country where everybody is sick is not a country."

His Royal Majesty then prayed God to give President Muhammadu Buhari more opportunities to consolidate the feats he had recorded in the Niger Delta region and Nigeria in general.

Earlier, the leader of the facilitators of the medical outreach, Dr. Kamal Umar said his team was able to carry out effective treatments for the various ailments discovered on the people in the course of the exercise due to the cooperation of the people of the community. He added that all the eye surgeries carried out were successful and many who had almost lost their sights got them restored and they were happy.

One of the beneficiaries of the eye surgery, retired Sergeant Ibor Ibor Enang expressed happiness that his 22 years of suffering was put to an end with the Ministry of Niger Delta's free eye surgery.

Stephen Kilebi,
Deputy Director,
Press and Public Relations,
16th June, 2019

Group hails Usani's achievements as Niger Delta Minister

A group, under the auspices of Friends of Usani Uguru Usani has commended the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs over the Ministry's achievements in the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The group gave the commendation at a dinner organised in honour of the former Minister in Abuja, over the weekend.

"The achievements of Pastor Usani Uguru Usani as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs are too numerous to be counted. His impacts in all the nine states of the Niger Delta region will remain memorable- the vast number of projects awarded, executed and commissioned to use on behalf of the Federal Government are there for people to see," the group said.

In a speech presented by one of the group’s member, Honourable Sylvester Nsa, noted that the Niger Delta region witnessed an enduring peace through which Federal Government's programmes and other development efforts were executed without rancour.

The group stressed that critical infrastructural projects received priority attention in the Niger Delta region during the tenure of the former minister, adding that the East West road linking the region with other parts of the country was almost completed. It added that other community-based projects were carried out across the region.

In his remarks, the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani said the peace witnessed in the Niger Delta region in the first four years of President Muhammadu Buhari was due to the synergy between the Ministries of Niger Delta Affairs, Petroleum Resources and other relevant agencies operating in the region, as well as proper dialogue with the people, under the coordination of the office of the Vice President.

Pastor Usani called for patience in the midst of the 'current reality' in the country, saying the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was building a solid socio-economic foundation for the country.

"This is a period of sowing, people will reap and enjoy the harvest later," he reiterated.

Pastor Usani opined that the second tenure of President Buhari would bring economic prosperity to Nigerians.

Present at the event were Senator Sam Anyanwu, representing Imo East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Nelson Brabainfa former Minister of Justice, Chief Kanu Agabi, officials of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and other dignitaries.

Stephen Kilebi,
Deputy Director,
Press & Public Relations,
2nd June, 2019.

Federal Government Empowers 85 Ondo Youths with Tricycles, Motorcycles

Not less than 85 youths in Ondo Central Senatorial District have benefited from the Federal Government's empowerment programme, as some of them received tricycles and motorcycles from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Speaking at the Commissioning and distribution of the empowerment items in Akure, Ondo State Capital on Monday, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola, said: "The Niger Delta region is faced with endemic poverty and we discovered that one of the ways of eradicating it is to empower the youths through transport business, using tricycles and motorcycles."

55 of the youths received motorcycles, while 30 received tricycles for commercial transportation.

Prof. Daramola added that apart from giving the Youths those items, "We also gave them a form of training on business management and simple repairs of the items."

The Minister, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Economic Empowerment Department in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Philip Ndiomu, reiterated that the initiative was one of the laudable programmes of the Present administration that were aimed at empowering the youths, generating employment, as well as improving their economic well-being.

"As we match to another dispensation in Government, be assured that more of the empowerment programme will be carried out in the Niger Delta region until poverty is reduced to the bearest minimum," Prof. Daramola stressed.

In his remarks, Senator Donald Omotayo Alasoadura, representing Ondo Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, commended the Federal Government for finding the people of his constituency worthy of such laudable programme.

Senator Alasoadura charged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the items received. "Don't sell them, but use and make money from them," he charged.

Speaking on behalf other beneficiaries, Comrade Akindehin Emmanuel lauded the initiative of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the support of Senator Alasoadura in making the empowerment programme possible, promised to utilize what he received for the benefit of his family and his community.

Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director, 
Press & Public Relations,
27th May, 2019

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