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ASSESS OUR PERFORMANCE WITH 2ND NATIONAL COUNCIL OUTCOME –USANI

 

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has challenged the people and residents of the Niger Delta region to assess the performance of the present leadership of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs with the outcome of the proposed National Council on the Niger Delta, slated for September, 7th to 14th 2017 in Akure, Ondo State.

 The Minister stated this at a joint press briefing with the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Barr.   Agboola Ajayi, in Abuja on Friday.

Pastor Usani said the purpose of the briefing was to let Nigerians know the level of preparedness of the Federal Government and the host Ondo State, for the Council meeting.

‘’ The 2nd National Council is holding and those who saw the 1st Council should be able to assess us on our performance based on the outcome of the coming Council. ‘’ He added.

The Minister reiterated that the Acting President has also indicated his determination to be at the event, showing the seriousness this administration attached to the issues of the Niger Delta region.

‘’We have chosen Ondo state for a strategic reason, as many people do not believe that some States outside the South-South geographical zone belong to the Niger Delta region. ‘’ The Minister stressed.

He also said the Government of Ondo State has shown proactiveness in responding to Federal Government initiatives, noting that it was the first State in the Niger Delta region to key in to the Presidential Initiative on Investment and Agriculture which was flagged off in the state recently.

Pastor Usani hinted that necessary appraisals would be drawn from the 1st National council on Niger Delta, held in the year 2013. “The appraisal will serve as a work plan in our medium term plan from 2017-2019.”

In his remarks, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Barr. Agboola Ajayi thanked the Federal Government for its interest in the development of the state and the synergy that had been existing between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and Ondo state, under the current leadership.

He assured that Ondo State would not only host the coming event but that it would be unique. ‘’This second council will be a new Niger Delta council.” The deputy Governor stressed.

Barr. Agboola who alleged that the oil producing communities of Ilaje, Ese-Odo of Ondo state were not captured in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs’ 2017 Budget, called for wider consultations in preparing subsequent budgets of the Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Director overseeing the office of the Permanent secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Moses Okpo, commended the government of Ondo state and the Local Organizing Committee for the level of preparation on the coming council. He urged the state government to ensure a peaceful National council in Ondo state.

The Theme of the Proposed National Council on Niger Delta is: ‘’ FAST-TRACKING DEVELOPMENT AND THE PEACE IN THE NIGER DELTA: OPTIONS AND PROSPECTS. ‘’

 

Marshall Gundu

Director Press

1st September, 2017

 

 

NIGER DELTA MINISTER DIRECTS CONTRACTOR TO FIX DAMAGED-PORTION ON EAST-WEST ROAD

The attention of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has been drawn to a damaged portion on the East- West Road less than 50 Metre after Kaima Bridge in Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.

According to the report, the damage portion has caused untold hardship to the commuters.

While urging commuters and other road users to be patient with the Federal Government, the Minister has directed the Contractor, SETRACO Nigeria Limited handling that section of the road to immediately fix it. He added that the contractor has confirmed immediate action, which is being monitored.

The Minister said: “Government is grateful for the responsibility of public feedback.”

 

Signed

Marshall Gundu

Director Press

28th August, 2017

 

 

 

MINISTER CALLS FOR MEMOS ON PROPOSED NIGER DELTA COUNCIL

 

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has called on the general public and government agencies to send in memoranda that could aid in the preparation for the coming Second National Council on Niger Delta.

Pastor Usani disclosed this at the Third Quarterly Meeting of Ministers, Governors of the nine states in the Niger Delta region and the International Oil and Gas Companies operating in the Niger Delta region, on Tuesday.

He said the memos will help the Ministry’s preparation for the Council on “What we can do to get better.” The Minister announced that the proposed Council will hold in September, 2017.

While unveiling the draft Work Plan for the collaboration, the Minister said the Work Plan, when ratified, would guide the development policies and programmes of all agencies in the region from 2017 to 2019.

Usani added that the purpose of the collaboration was for all parties to know what was expected of them, to avoid duplication of efforts. He assured that people would soon begin to see a change of methods of operation, as “Communities in the Niger Delta region will benefit much better than before; no more kingpin to take what belongs to the entire community.”

In his remarks, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola called on the platform to accommodate the aged people in the communities in their plans.

Also, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. General Paul Boroh (rtd) thanked the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs for initiating the platform, adding that the platform was a strategic action for the development of the Niger Delta region.

Earlier, Dr. Charles Achodo, the Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, who made a presentation titled “Strategic Implementation Work Plan for the Niger Delta,” described the draft work plan as a ‘Tool for Joint Accountability Framework.’ He reiterated that with such efforts in place, militancy in the Niger Delta region would soon become history.

                                                                                 Signed

Marshall Gundu

Director Press

 

26th July, 2017

MINISTER SEEKS MORE BUDGETARY ALLOCATION FOR EAST WEST ROAD PROJECT

 

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has said that he was working in collaboration with the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma to ensure more budgetary allocation for the East-West Road project.

Usani stated this at a meeting with the Managing Director of Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) Nigeria Limited, Mr. Moussa Nakhla in Abuja, on Thursday.

Bothered about the deplorable state of the 15 kilometre Eleme to Onne Port Junction section of the East-West Road, the Pastor Usani appealed to the Management of Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) Nigeria Limited for quick intervention to fix the bad parts of the road.

The Minister said the call was necessitated by the reports he was getting on the deplorable condition of the road. He added that the intervention was to cushion the suffering of road users.

“I was in Rivers State last week and the people were anxious about the condition of the road.  The Managing Director of NDDC has promised a quick intervention on the said road.”  The Minister reiterated.

Pastor Usani sought to know what RCC would be able to do as a matter of urgency because that section of the East-West road has been receiving public outcry for some time now. 

Mr. Moussa Nakhla expressed the willingness of his company to start work on that part of the road if it was captured in the 2017 budget of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Mr. Moussa said it was a waste of time and money to do a temporary work on a road that will spoil in no distant time.  He called for more budgetary allocation from the Federal Government and prompt releases of funds to aid the completion of the East -West Road which has begun since the inception of the Ministry in 1999.

To fast track quick intervention to fix the failing portions of the said road, the Minister disclosed that a tripartite meeting of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) Nigeria Limited would be held soon.

Also in attendance at the meeting were the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola, the Director overseeing the office of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Moses Okpo and other Management staff.

 

 

Marshall Gundu

Director Press

22nd June, 2017

 

 

WE SUPPORT COMMUNITY REPORT ON PROJECT EXECUTION – MINISTER

 

The minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has disclosed that his office is open to receiving first-hand information from the members of communities on the status of projects in their areas.

Usani stated this while receiving on a courtesy call, the Supreme Council of Oil and Gas Producing Areas of Imo State led by Chief Esom Goddy Obodo in Abuja, on Tuesday.

“We have found a lot of discrepancies in projects awarded by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in Imo state”, he reiterated.

He added that those sent to monitor various projects failed to carryout proper documentation of the progress or flaws of the contractors in the state.

The minister lamented that the people in the oil and gas producing areas suffer more deprivations than people in other areas of Imo state, stressing that such areas deserved to be considered for project allocations.

Furthermore, the minister reiterated that until November 2016, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been operating independently from the Ministry of Niger Delta affairs, adding that the process of getting approval for the auditing of all projects of the commission had begun.

 The minister who stated that Imo state is always in the preference point of the Ministry, said when project audit is completed, contractors that are found wanting would either be asked to return to sites or face the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC).

Earlier, the leader of the delegation of the Supreme Council of Oil and Gas Producing Areas of Imo State, Chief Esom Goddy Obodo said the people of Ohaji/ Egbema/ Oguta local government areas of Imo state have been deprived of quality infrastructures as road networks, hospital/ health centers, electricity and employment opportunities for their teeming graduates, which accounted for youth restiveness in the Niger Delta region over the years.

Chief Obodo blamed the federal and state governments, oil companies, multinational corporations, NDDC and other related agencies for the woes of the areas. He called for allocation of people-oriented projects in the oil-producing areas of the state.

“We believe in the spirit and letter of change of the current APC-led Federal Government, We affirm that the mantra is for us who have been deprived for decades”, he emphasized.

While thanking the Honorable Minister for his right standing, the council beckoned on the minister to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the federal government addressed their worries.

 

 

 

                                           Signed

                                   Marshall Gundu

                                 Director (Press & PR)

 

                                   10th May, 2017.

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