The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, MNDA, Dr. Babayo Ardo has declared that Engr. Patrick Allen Okereafor (FNSE) is one of the versatile, experienced and committed administrators he met on ground when he joined the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and his exit would create a vacuum in the ministry.
Dr. Babayo Ardo made this statement during the valedictory session organized by the management of MNDA to celebrate the retirement from the Civil Service of the Director, Housing and Urban Development Engr. Patrick Allen Okereafor who also clocked sixty years, Wednesday 17th, March 2021 in Abuja.
Dr. Ardo described Engr. Okereafor as a transparent, honest and credible personality, noting that a Civil Service is a collective Nation Building enterprise, which every participant must lay their own layer at the appointed time.
Speaking further, the Permanent Secretary expressed worry that the Ministry was losing its core team of experienced Directors he had related with on the job, assuring him that the Ministry would continue to engage them considering their wealth of experiences.
Other Directors present at the occasion described the Man of the Moment as a Friend of all, Easy going, Generous, Team Player, Mentor, Talented, Selfless in Service, one who takes the welfare of staff at heart and a good hearted gift to the Ministry.
In appreciation, the Celebrant expressed his heart felt gratitude to God almighty who has kept and saw him through the journey of civil service, he thank the management, staff, family and friends for all the opportunities privileges and support he had enjoyed while in service.
He said he is a fulfilled person having attained the age of 60 and 35 years of meritorious service.
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March 19, 2021
Two directors of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mrs. Lauren Braide and Alhaji Akanya Ibrahim have bowed out of service after 35 years of meritorious service.
The retirees, Mrs. Lauren Braide was Director, Community Development and Education Department (CDE) while Alhaji Akanya Ibrahim was the Director Economic Empowerment Department (EED) were sent forth by staff of the Departments on Friday, 18 September and 9 October 2020 respectively.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Babayo Ardo who was the guest of honour, on behalf of the Honourable Ministers and the Federal Government of Nigeria thanked them for their dedication and commitment to service in the country and prayed that their later years be better than the former.
He assures them that the Ministry would do everything possible to make their lives as comfortable as possible taking cognizance of the fact that the contributory Pension created has its challenges, benefits, and other issues. According to him, these issues have propelled him to instruct the Director of Human Resources of the Ministry of the need to have a desk officer that will deal with issues relating retirement in the Ministry.
Dr. Ardo further stated that all 2020 retirees would be formally sent forth later in the year by the Hon. Ministers.
In his goodwill message, the Director Human Resources, Mr. Musa Dakas on behalf of other Directors said that they have left an indelible footprints in the public service and made their marks in the department and the Ministry, adding that God will grant them, good health, long life, and Peaceful retirement.
The members of Association of Senior Civil Service of the Ministry led by its Chairman Comrade Benjamin Ogede presented plaques and gifts to the retirees for their selfless service to their fatherland. In his remarks, Alhaji Akanya Ibrahim on behalf of retirees expressed his profound gratitude to God for seeing them throughout the service years and thanked everyone for their cooperation and support.
He said he had served the Ministry for 11 years and the journey has been very smooth, he, therefore, thanked the Permanent Secretary and all management staff for the opportunity to serve and retire in the Ministry.
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October 12, 2020.
The newly deployed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Dr. Babayo Ardo has reiterated that one of his priority for the Ministry would be in addressing the negative appellations which has been attributed to the MNDA and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), in order to restore its positive image and move the Ministry forward.
The Permanent Secretary, made this statement during the handover ceremony held on Wednesday 2nd, September, 2020 in Abuja.
Dr. Babayo Ardo who expressed appreciation for the hospitality extended to him by the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Mr. Adesola Olusade and other officials of the Ministry noted that since his appointment and subsequent posting he has been inundated with all kinds of negative remarks about the Ministry, which to him should elicit serious concerns that requires urgent attention.
“I have already started the process of restoring the positive image of the Ministry by engaging the two major principals, so that the major issues can be identified and we can put our heads together to see how to address the challenges, collaborate and work together to tackle the root cause,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary while pledging to operate an ‘Open Door Policy’ solicited the cooperation of the Management Team to work together with him to address the obvious challenges of the Ministry so as to achieve its mandate and President Muhammadu Buhari ‘Next Level’ agenda in the Niger Delta region.
Earlier in his address, the outgoing PS, Mr. Adesola Olusade who has been redeployed to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), noted that the Bible made it clear that there is time for everything under the sun. He said, it is immaterial where you are posted in the cause of our service to the nation, but the most important thing is your commitment to service and what you will be remembered for.
Olusade who gave a robust account of his stewardship in the ministry, said a lot have been achieved in the aspects of Budgeting, Allocation of funds to priority projects, Budget balancing between Hardware and Software needs in the various departments, Harmonization of priority projects, approval and appointment of forensic auditors for the NDDC, completion of projects that are ready for commissioning.
The out-going PS identified some major challenges of the Ministry as the Procurement process, Dwindling Allocation of funds, Accumulated Litigations, issues of welfare and promotion of staff. He enjoined the Management to work towards changing the narrative of the Ministry through positive activities.
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September 3, 2020
The Honourable Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Sen. Godswill Akpabio, CON, has welcomed the new redeployed Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babayo Kumo Ardo to the Ministry.
The Minister with the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola and Management staff of the Ministry received the newly redeployed PS in Abuja on Monday, August 31, 2020.
While welcoming the incoming Permanent Secretary, Sen. Akpabio stated that Dr. Ardo had worked with Gombe State Government as Permanent Secretary for many years and has served in various capacities before his transfer to the Federal Civil Service, where he rose to become a Permanent Secretary.
He explained that he is familiar with the terrain and expect him to use his vast experience to move the Ministry and region forward.
Sen. Akpabio commended the outgoing Permanent Secretary Mr. Olusade Adesola for his services to the Ministry and congratulated him for his redeployment to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), explaining that FCT is more loaded than MNDA in terms of area councils and activities to keep the organization standing. He therefore wish him a successful tenure.
Dr. Ardo in his remarks expressed his delight to be in the Ministry and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the rare opportunity to contribute his quota to the development of the Niger Delta region.
Speaking earlier, the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, welcomed his successor. He said he had a good working relationship with the Ministers and the Management Staff of the Ministry and enjoined staff to accord him excellent working relationship.
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August 31, 2020
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Obong Godswill Akpabio took time out of his very busy schedule on Monday 31, August 2020 to pay condolence visit to the family of late Director of Finance and Account (DFA), of the Ministry. Mr. Moses Okpo whose demise was announced at the weekend having been hospitalized for sometimes in Abuja.
Akpabio who expressed shock at the death of the former DFA, noted that it was difficult for him to visit the family at a time like this, other than for social reasons. While consoling the wife and the immediate family of the late DFA, he urged the family to take solace in God Almighty the great provider, for the loss of a friend and companion.
He said the high powered delegation from the Ministry which includes the out-going Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, the in-coming Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babayo Kumo Ardo and the Directors, is to appreciate Mr. Moses Okpo’s diligent services not just to the Ministry but to the Civil Service and the Nation at large.
According to the MNDA boss, the former DFA was a very humble and peace loving man who was always up and doing in his schedule of duties. “The Ministry shares in your sorrow and moment of grief and we are very saddened by his demise”, he said.
The Minister while reassuring Mrs. Okpo of the Ministry’s support prayed that God would add to the years of those he has left behind and continue to care for the immediate family.
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September 1, 2020