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The House of Representatives committee on Niger Delta has warned contractors handling projects of the Ministry of Niger Delta affairs in Ondo State to complete the projects on time or face sanctions.

The Deputy Chairman of the committee, Hon. Nasiru Ahmed gave the order when he led members of the committee on oversight function to inspect projects of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in Ondo State this week.

The House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta inspected six projects in Ondo State in line with its oversight function to ensure that the contractors complied with the specifications of the projects.

During the inspection, the Deputy Chairman expressed satisfaction on the extent of work done by the contractors that handled the construction of the Solar Street light in Ode-Aye, Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.

He said “to some extent, you have given us hope despite the fact that Ode-Aye community had been in darkness for six years. With the extent of work done so far the community will have a great relief”.

Similarly, the Deputy Chairman frowned at the slow pace of work at the Ode-Aye Igbotako road, the construction of Agadagba Akotogbo-Iyasan Ovia Rivers Bridge, noting that the bridge was expected to link Ondo and Edo state. He stressed that the 2% completion rate was not acceptable and the projects were expected to be 100% completed.

The committee also raised eye brow at the slow pace of the rehabilitation of Broad Street in Ode-Aye and that of Igkokoda Zion road.

The team also visited the Skills Acquisition Centre, Agadagba- Obon whose contract was awarded in 2010, but was not yet completed after 8years.

KILEBI, STEPHEN T.
Deputy Director (Press & PR)
23rd November, 2018

Minister Lauds Contractor Over Early Completion, blacklists erring ones

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Usani Uguru Usani has lauded the contractor handling the construction of Section one of Atimbo-Akpabuyo road in Cross River State, saying his Ministry will sanction contractors who failed to comply with the rules of engagement.

Dr. Usani, while on inspection of some of the Ministry's Projects in Cross River State on Friday said the Federal Government will not allow the people of Niger Delta region to be short-changed by any contractor, adding that poorly executed jobs would not be condoned by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

"We are impressed by what Zenith Construction Limited has done on section one of Atimbo-Akpabuyo road, other contractors who failed to adhere to contractual agreements will be blacklisted and barred from handing any contract in the Ministry unless they return to site and make amend."

Some of the projects visited included erosion control at O'dwaya street in Calabar South, Sections one and two of Atimbo-Akpabuyo road, in Cross River State.

The Minister lamented that the project in Calabar South was one of the Ministry's Projects awarded under the 2017 Appropriation, noting that for the fact that the road had started deteriorating in less than seven months of execution showed that the job was truly done but poorly executed.

The Company Engineer for ELM Limited, Engr. Frank Bassey has promised his company's commitment to deliver the 2.8 kilometre Section two of Atimbo-Akpabuyo road in good time.

Part of the highlights of the inspection exercise was the Ministerial directive to the appropriate department in the Ministry to start the process of allocating the Ministry's completed Housing project in Bakassi to the vulnerable and displaced people in a bid to meeting their housing need.

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Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director (Press)
17th November, 2018.

We Are Worried About Environmental Impacts in the Niger Delta Region - Usani

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Usani Uguru Usani has expressed worries over the negative impacts of environmental discontent in the Niger Delta region, saying it has informed the Ministry's decision to streamline Environmental Policy Action in the region.

Usani expressed this concern at a One-day Stakeholders Validation Workshop and launching of a draft document on Niger Delta Region Climate Change Programme and Action Plan (NDRCCP-AP) organised by the Ministry Of Niger Delta Affairs in Calabar, Cross River State, on Thursday.

"The purpose of this programme is to streamline Environmental Policy Action in the Niger Delta which are traceable to the impact of environmental discontents such as the flooding that is ravaging the Riverine communities, the prevalence of cancer-related ailments, the radio-active ailments, as well as the soot that is in the atmosphere, especially in Rivers state," the Minister emphasised.

The Minister decried a situation where communities in the Niger Delta region were being submerged by flood while little or no action is being taken to address the trend.

He called on relevant stakeholders to urgently device means of addressing environmental disaster that demands emergency in Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta region, stating that all human activities are impacted as a result of climate change in the Niger Delta region.

Dr. Usani reiterated the need to "Carry out sensitization on climate change so that people will know the effect of what they go through and also that investors and economic moguls would discontinue harping on our ignorance while they make economic fortunes."

The Minister promised his Ministry's determination to perfect the draft climate change programme document in a bid to make it a worthy document that will guide all actions that are aimed at addressing environmental disasters in the Niger Delta region.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla noted that Climate Change and global warming posed serious challenges to the Niger Delta region. He added that the pace of change was increasing, saying "Unless the trend is reversed, human and physical ecologies are bound to be seriously impacted as it is being observed at the moment in many parts of the Niger Delta region."

In his words at the event, the Amayanabo of Twon Brass and the Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in Bayelsa State, His Royal Highness, King Alfred Diette Spiff, charged the people in the coastal communities in the Niger Delta region to take necessary measures to guard against more negative effects of climate change and global warming in the near future.

Corroborating his colleague from Bayelsa, the Paramount Ruler of Bakassi and Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in Cross River State, His Royal Highness, Dr. Etim Okon Edet, thanked the Federal Government for its development efforts in the Niger Delta region.

He advised that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs should inaugurate the completed Housing project in Bakassi to the beneficiaries to address their housing need and expedite action on the completion of the Skills acquisition Centre in Akpabuyo in Cross River State.

Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director (Press)
16th November, 2018.

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