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MINISTER INAUGURATES PLANNING COMMITTEE AS INVESTORS, NEPAD CONTINENTAL VISIT NIGERIA

 

            In line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Diversification and Investment Programme, a delegation of investors and New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) Continental would be visiting Nigeria in November, 2017.

            For a successful hosting of the investors, the Federal Government, on Monday inaugurated an eight-man organising committee in Abuja.

            Inaugurating the Committee, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani   charged them to work in line with the purpose of the Investment Forum which is anchored on Economic Diversification and Job Creation.

            It would be recalled that Infrastructure Africa Business Forum held in Johannesburg, South Africa in August, 2017 was attended by representatives of Nigeria led by the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani and also the National Coordinator/Chief Executive of NEPAD Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu and other key government functionaries.

            One of the major outcomes of Nigeria’s participation at the Forum was the sigining of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and group of Investors from within and outside Africa who declared interest to invest in the various sectors of the Nigerian economy in a bid to assist the country actualise most of the aspirations expressed in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020 and to place Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development.

            The Minister stated that Nigeria’s partnership with NEPAD was already yielding positive results especially in the Niger Delta region, where investors have started indicating interest to invest in the moribund industries in the region for economic revival.

The Committee is expected to submit its report within one week.

Members of the Committee include:

1.     Al-Amin Musa (NNPC)- Chairman

2.     DR. Charles Onuoha (NEPAD)- Member

3.     Mr. Ochakpa Ogenni (MTII)- Member

4.     Mr. E. E. Abang (NEPAD)- Member

5.     Mr. David Olua (MNDA)- Member

6.     Mr. Emmanuel O. Metuaghan (Presidency)- Member

7.     Mr. Nwaeze Ofor Afam (NEPAD)- Member

8.     Mrs. Evelyn (OSGF)- Member

      Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Charles Onuoha said “We would leave no stone unturned to achieve the purpose of the partnership for the development of our people, especially in the Niger Delta region.”

 

 

Stephen Kilebi

Assistant Director (Press)

 

16th October, 2017

COMMUNIQUÉ-2ND NATIONAL COUNCIL ON NIGER DELTA

 COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 2ND NATIONAL COUNCIL ON NIGER DELTA HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR CULTURE AND EVENTS (THE DOME), AKURE, ONDO STATE FROM 7TH – 14TH SEPTEMBER, 2017

The 2ND meeting of the National Council on Niger Delta facilitated by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), in collaboration with Ondo State Government, was held at the International Centre for Culture and Events (The Dome), Akure, Ondo State, from 7th to 14th September, 2017.  The Council Meeting was declared open by the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON and chaired by the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs

(MNDA), Pastor Usani Uguru Usani. The theme of the Council Meeting is ‘’FastTracking the Development of the Niger Delta Region: Options and Prospects’’. The Council, made up of 53 members drawn from the Nine (9) states of the Niger Delta region, relevant Federal and States Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), representatives of Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations and International Oil Companies, is the policy advisory body that coordinates all development efforts, plans and strategies in the Niger Delta Region. 

Preceding the Council meeting was a 3-day Technical Committee session held from 8th – 10th September, 2017.  The technical session was declared open by His Excellency, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, ably represented by His Excellency, the State Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi.  The Technical Session chaired by the Overseeing Director, Office of the Permanent Secretary, MNDA Mr. Moses C. Okpo, evaluated 60 memoranda received and recommended 40 for consideration and approval of the Council. Five (5) papers on critical issues relating to the theme of the Meeting were presented and discussed at the plenary sessions.

2.           The Council noted with deep appreciation the profound commitment by various stakeholders through execution of several interventionist projects in the region.  The 60 memoranda received and appraised at the meeting confirmed the unwavering interest in the development of the region.

3.           The Council noted the concerns expressed at the slow pace of development in the region despite the huge investments by various tiers of government, development partners, IOCs and civil society organizations.

4.           The Council equally noted the tough times the nation is currently passing through that results in dwindling resources and its concomitant negative effect on the social and economic growth of the region.

5.           The Council considers the meeting as a unique opportunity to review the level of development, articulate robust policies for inclusive growth and plans that are well-coordinated and respond to the needs of all, as well as, renew commitment for collective vision towards accelerated development of the region.

6.           Specifically, Council notes the following from the 40 memoranda that were recommended for its consideration:

a.    The success stories in Agricultural programmes and projects implemented by MNDA;

b.    The efforts of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) in combating insecurity in the maritime environment of the Niger Delta region and urged it to ensure sustainability;

c.    The formulation of Technical Review and Policy Framework by MNDA for short and medium term programmes for youths in the region as articulated by the

National Youth Council;

d.    The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) establishment of Oil & Gas Parks in all the States in the Niger Delta and  pursue implementation of the project to logical conclusion;

e.    The development of a tourist centre at Araromi Sea-side in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State and encourage the LG to seek partnership with relevant MDAs, development partners and private sector including PPP for funding; and

f.     The undertaking by the Federal Government to vigorously pursue more developmental programmes in the region.

7.           At the end of the meeting, Council approved:

(i)           Encouragement of the nine (9) States to adopt and domesticate the Niger

Delta Action Plan (NDAP), leverage on the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), and seek innovative ways to improve transparency and accountability in the management of programmes.

(ii)          The establishment of Niger Delta Oil Spillage Management Fund, as well as, commencement of systematic rehabilitation and restoration programme for conservation of wetlands in the Niger Delta region.

(iii)         The adoption of Public Private Partnership (PPP) as a major funding option to mobilize private sector resources for accelerated development of the

Niger Delta region;

(iv)         The development and implementation of the Niger Delta Region Climate Change Programme and Action Plan (NDRCCP – PAC) to mitigate and reduce the impact of climate change in the region, as well as, protect shorelines of coastal communities.

(v)          The commissioning of a reconnaissance survey of the entire coastal communities in the Niger Delta region;

(vi)         The coordination and harmonization of socio-economic infrastructural projects by MNDA in partnership with States and other Stakeholders

operating in the region to avoid overlaps and duplication of efforts;

(vii)        Support and encourage the partnership between Federal Government and all relevant groups that aims at the attainment of sustainable peace, development and stability of the Niger Delta region;

(viii)      The establishment of a Youth Sports Engagement Programme (YSEP) including swimming to promote peaceful co-existence, harmony and stability, as well as, generate employment among the youth in the region; 

(ix)         The establishment of a Cancer Diagnostic and Care Centre in each of the nine (9) states, raise cancer awareness amongst women, train health workers to manage the diagnostic centre in collaboration with EU and relevants MDAs, as well as, encourage state governments to make adequate budgetary provisions for establishment of Cancer Centres in their

2018 budget appropriations and beyond;

(x)          The implementation of inter-ministerial collaboration on roads infrastructural development programmes among the Federal and State Ministries of Works in the Niger Delta Region to maximize its potential benefits;

(xi)         Council to convey to the nine (9) States to prioritize strengthening of physical planning institutions and deployment of modern technology for physical planning and urban management in their respective states, to fast track orderly and sustainable urban development which are capable of mitigating natural disasters like flooding;

(xii)        The MNDA to synergize with National Inland Waterways Authority and integrate all efforts aimed at developing water transportation in the Niger

Delta region;

(xiii)      The design and implementation of inclusive Community Surveillance and Community Peace Architecture that builds on effective and efficient community-based early warning and early response system for durable peaceful co-existence and stability in the region;

(xiv)       The diversification of the economy of the Niger Delta Region through engagement of Youth in agriculture to create a robust economy that guarantees jobs and wealth creation;

(xv)        The consolidation of all youth programmes including youth empowerment programme, such as, technical and vocational skill acquisition, entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises, to activate local economy in the region;

(xvi)       The sourcing of alternative funding for the completion of skill acquisition centres, as well as, continuous training of youths in relevant skills in all the

States of the Niger Delta region;

(xvii)     The carrying out of interventionist advocacy to relevant MDAs to complete all Federal Government on-going projects in the Niger Delta region;

(xviii)    The establishment of two hundred (200) hectares farm settlement in each state of the region to increase food production and empowerment of, at least, 200 farmers;

(xix)       The collaboration, building of synergy and partnership with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organization (CBOs) working on social and economic development of the Niger Delta region;

(xx)        Adoption of the Strategic Implementation Work Plan that aims at stabilizing security situation, promote socio-economic development, encourage investments and growth in the oil and gas sector and present same to the

Federal Executive Council for approval;

(xxi)       Encouragement of MNDA to support the establishment of Industrial Parks by the nine (9) states to boost employment and advance infrastructural development in the region;

(xxii)     Establishment of National Youth Empowerment Endowment Funds and creation of biometric data bank to register youth for effective planning, monitoring and evaluation of youth programmes in the region;

(xxiii)    The facilitation and advocacy for the buy-in of Niger Delta States to build Truck Transit Parks for ease of transportation of industrial goods in the region; and

(xxiv)    The mainstreaming of women in the socio-economic development programmes and establishment of special economic empowerment fund for women in the region.

6.                       Council particularly expressed deep appreciation to the President and

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,

President Muhamadu Buhari, GCFR and Vice President Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo, SAN, GCON for their relentless efforts towards the development of the

Niger Delta region. The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN is highly appreciated for his laudable support and hospitality for the success of the 2nd Council Meeting. 

Issued at Akure, Ondo State on this day the 14th of September, 2017. 

 

 

Council Secretariat

PRESS RELEASE

 

The Federal Government of Nigeria is aware of a sponsored demonstration against the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. The sponsors of this plot are those individuals who had been involved in running the affairs of the MDAs saddled with the responsibility of supervising, coordinating and implementing government policies in the Niger Delta region.

They are ostensibly scared of their fate in the on-going exercise to uncover the several maleficences and scam involved in the procurement processes of the Ministry and its agencies, and to conduct a holistic audit of the development efforts in the region.

The Ministry wishes to inform all well-meaning Nigerians that this exercise to uncover and remedy the rot in the Ministry (and all other agences working for the development of the region) is a pragmatic effort by the current administration to foster the realization of self-worth in every indigene of the Niger Delta, for the sole purpose of positive living and synergy between the nation state and the Niger Delta region, and to anchor such on the common ethics of humanity. To further create ownership of sectoral development, and building such on political, social and economic tools towards a virile, efficient and sustainable regional economy.

 


Marshall Gundu

25th September, 2017

 

 

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

 

 

 

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