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Social, Economic Development: Basis for Niger Delta Climate Change Document - Usani

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Usani Uguru Usani has disclosed that the preparation of the Document: "Niger Delta Region Climate Change Programme and Action Plan" was necessitated by the need to address the social and economic development of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

The Minister represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Alhaji Aminu Aliyu Bisalla made the remark at the side event of Cop 24 at the Climate Change Conference, Katowice, Poland 2018.

Dr. Usani remarked that the pace and effects of climate change in the Niger Delta are increasing and unless the trend is reversed, human and physical ecologies would be seriously impacted as it is being presently observed in many of the communities in the Niger Delta region.

The Minister disclosed that the document launched in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, in November 2018 investigated and reported on the effects of Climate Change in the Niger Delta region, national and available state policies for addressing Climate Change and their relationship with the Niger Delta.

The Honourable Minister also remarked that the essence of the document was to guide the Niger Delta region and other stakeholders on the implementation of collective measures to address climate change impacts and causes through adaptation, mitigation and other measures.

Dr. Usani disclosed that some of the climate change programmes and projects in the document for poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihood include:

i. restoration of depleted habitats and sustainable management of biological resources in the Niger,

ii. climate change resilience and vulnerability mapping,

iii. flood control and management and early warning systems, erosion control projects,

iv. shore protection ,land reclamation and ecosystem reclamation.

He said that the set of programmes and action plan provide an integrated, harmonised, and multi-sectoral framework for responding and combating climate change in the Niger Delta through comprehensive adaptation, mitigation and other measures.

The Minister's representatives thereafter presented the document "Niger Delta Region Climate Change Programme and Action Plan "to the international community.

Stakeholders, development partners, donor agencies and other interested organisations in the Niger Delta region development were invited to key into the climate change action plan. In his remarks at the event, Senator Foster Ogola, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment commended the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for the document and called for international intervention in the development of the Niger Delta region in view of its contribution to Nigeria's economy.

Senator Ogola also disclosed that the 8th National Assembly would pass the Gas Flairing Bill before the expiration of its tenure to address the issue of gas flairing in the Niger Delta region.

Mr. Al-Hamndou Dorsouma, the Division Manager Climate Change, African Development Bank also applauded the ministry for the document, adding that it was a step further in addressing the effects of climate in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

He advised that the document be reviewed after the 2018 Conference on Climate Change. Mr. Dorsouma also assured that the African Development Bank would assist Nigeria in its climate change programme.

Stephen Kilebi,
Deputy Director (Press & PR)
18th December, 2018

Ministry to Train, Empower Physically Challenged Persons in Niger Delta - Usani

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Usani Uguru Usani has said that his Ministry would incorporate training and empowerment programmes for the physically challenged persons in the Niger Delta region into its activities, to enhance their self-reliance and development.

Dr. Usani, represented by the Director, Community Development and Education in the Ministry, Mrs. Lauren Braide stated this while playing host to Great-Minds Foundation of People with Deformities in the Niger Delta and Niger Delta Physically Challenged Forum, on Thursday, in Abuja.

While advising the two groups to form a united front to press home their demands from the Federal Government, he charged them to show accountability and integrity to the people they represent.

Earlier, the President, Great-Minds Foundation of People with Deformities in Niger Delta, Mr. Emotoghen Azikiwei said his group would be submitting a proposal for the Ministry to support his group with walking aids which was estimated at 54 Million Naira and also to help them in celebrating the “World Disability Day,” on the 3rd December, every year.

Also, in his address, the President, Niger Delta Physically Challenged Forum, Mr. Enai Shedrack called for an affirmative action for welfare of the physically challenged in the Niger Delta region. He alleged that the Ministry had captured a lot of able-bodied men and women in its empowerment programmes, but has neglected the physically challenged people.

The Minister promised to address all the issues raised by the groups, saying, “The plight of every Niger Delta person is very important to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.”

Stephen T. Kilebi
Deputy Director (Press & PR)
14th December, 2018

Usani Reiterates Commitment to Restructuring of MNDA

The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has reaffirmed his commitment to the restructuring of the affairs of the ministry, especially the issues of staff welfare.

This resolution is on the realization of the need to improve the morale of staff which is vital to their giving their best towards the achievement of the mandate of developing the Niger Delta region.

The Minister said this yesterday in Abuja during a meeting with Directorate cadre of the ministry where he said that he was not unaware of the issues that are of concern to staff.

Bemoaning the communication gap between management and staff, Usani disclosed that improving the situation was the motivation for the meeting. Stressing that good conducive environment in the ministry was vital to the developmental goals of the Niger Delta region.

Usani said the issues were of great concern to him and his counterpart, Prof. Claudius Daramola Omoleye, Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs and that they were actively looking for ways to put an end to them.

In his remarks, Prof. Omoleye urged participants at the meeting to air their complaints as nobody will be victimized for what is said, adding that the essence of the meeting was to ‘thrash out issues and bring about harmony between management and staff of the ministry’.

Subsequently, he asked for suggestions on how to go about resolving the burning issues being faced by staff.

Appreciating the Ministers for the opportunity to air their complaints, participants called on them to urgently address the issues of inadequate training, delay in carrying out of duties due to the paucity of funds, inadequate working materials tools, amongst others.

Mr. Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director, Press
13th December, 2018

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