MNDA trains staff on Ministerial Performance Delivery

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, MNDA, Dr. Babayo Ardo has formally inaugurated the newly constituted Ministerial Performance Delivery Unit (MPDU) as well as train the selected staff of the Unit to build capacity of participants towards assisting the Ministry to achieve the five (5) deliverables assigned by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director Planning, Research and Statistics, (PRS), Mr. Alfred Abba stated this during the inauguration of Members at the Global Village Suites in Nassarawa State recently.

He said that the purpose of constituting the Ministerial Performance Unit is to assist the Ministry in facilitating the reporting processes that would ensure reports to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) meet the required standard and optimal performance as well as effective service delivery.

Dr. Ardo further stated that members of the Unit are expected to serve as liaison Officers between their respective departments/ parastatal (NDDC) and the Ministry's team in PRS department towards tracking progress of implementation on the five (5) deliverables for appropriate reporting.

He informed that the new unified performance management results framework, which incorporates all Ministerial deliverables have direct impact on the priorities have been developed by OSGF with a dashboard in the office of Mr. President, SGF, Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Affairs Office) to measure and track MDA's performance in the implementation of the ministerial deliverables as well as the delivery of priority areas against negotiated targets.

The Permanent Secretary urged participants to recognize the enormous premium placed on the assignment by the Ministry and consider it as very important for the Honourable Ministers to deliver their mandate, noting that the selection among staff is based on dedication, commitment and diligence to duty.

He therefore acknowledged the continued support of OSGF to the Ministry in delivering on its mandate through series of engagements, which include the Retreat in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the Bilateral meetings on Ministerial Mandates and several other collaborative engagements with the office in the past.

Earlier, the representative of the Director PRS, Deputy Director Policy and Planning, Mr. Yinka Arogundade in his welcome address pointed out that the Ministerial Performance Delivery Unit was established as a follow up to the directive given by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, mandating MDA's to constitute the Unit.

According to him "it is expedient to state that the constitution of MPDU is to collaborate with the Central Delivery Coordinating Unit of the OSGF in the attainment of government performance on programmes and projects in the Niger Delta region".

One of the Resource Persons, Federal Partner Facilitation Manager, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, Mr. Umaru Abu in his lecture gave an overview of the nine Presidential Priorities as, to stabilize the Macro- Economy, achieve Agriculture & Food Security, ensure Energy sufficiency in Power & Petroleum products, improve Transportation & other Infrastructures, improve Security for all citizens amongst others.

He explained that the MNDA Ministerial Deliverables contributes towards achieving three priorities, which includes; the harmonisation and coordination of the implementation of the Niger Delta Action Plan, the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan and other relevant plans and programmes to encourage rapid socio- economic development of the region.

The Ministerial Performance Delivery Unit participants were drawn from various projects department of the Ministry and its Parastatal (NDDC).

Deworitshe Patricia
Director (Press & PR)
September 3, 2021.

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MNDA holds its Maiden Edition of Annual Awards for Staff

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Dr. Babayo Ardo has recognized outstanding and dedicated staff of the Ministry, in line with the current Reform Policy in the Federal Civil Service to boost staff morale.

Dr. Babayo gave the recognition during the celebration of the outstanding awardees in the Ministry on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

He said the event is a response to the call by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation Dr. (Mrs.) Folashade Yemi-Esan to celebrate workers, who has continuously rendered outstanding services in the Ministry in spite of the Covid-19 Pandemic, adding that the programme was initiated for the year 2021 Civil Service Week Celebration and it ought to have been carried out during the month of June but was rescheduled due to unseen circumstances.

According to him, “today’s event is unique because it is the first of its kind in the history of the Ministry since its establishment and take off in 2009 and it is the first Service Award Ceremony I am presiding over as a Permanent Secretary”, he said.

The Permanent Secretary assured the awardees that this event is not the beginning and end of recognitions for staff of the Ministry who had and who would continue to distinguish themselves in their fields of endeavours. He therefore congratulated the awardees and urged them not to rest on their oars.

He further stated that they should continue to carry out their duties selflessly and encourage others to emulate their exemplary performance because there is great reward for good character and hard work.

In his goodwill remarks, Director, Human Resources Management, Mr. Musa Dakas said the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs is the first Ministry that has carried out the recognition of staff Awards Ceremony in all other MDA’s. He therefore tasked his colleagues to appreciate and recognize outstanding staff under their supervision.

In her response, the representative of the Awardees, Senior Administrative Officer, Mrs. Vivian Kenubia commended the Head of Service, Permanent Secretary (MNDA) and Directors for giving them the opportunity to serve the nation, emphasizing that the award bestowed on them is a “wake-up call” for all the awardees to give more to the service of our Nation.

The awardees includes; Yebei Hanson, Chief Admin. Officer (HRM), Alao Gboyega, Prin. Admin. Officer (PRS), Yohanna Daniel, Snr Quantity Surveyor (HUD), Togor Benjul, Senior Forest Officer, (EM), Sadiku Malietu, Princ. Con. Secretary II (EE), Kenubia Vivian, Senior Admin. Officer (PRS).

Others are, Ojo Babatunde Isola, Admin. Officer 1, (RCSI), Egworaha Oghenefejiro, Admin. Officer I, (RCSI), Okpara Jerry Chibuike, Snr. Scientific Officer, (EM), Tenam Jude Lumo, Quantity Surveyor II, (HUD), Isah Ibrahim, Prin. Executive Officer, (DFA) and Ibrahim Alhassan, Admin. Officer I, (EM).

Deworitshe Patricia
D (Press & PR)
August 25, 2021

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Engr. Patrick Allen Okereafor a versatile Administrator – Dr. Babayo Ardo

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.

Deworitshe Patricia
D (Press & PR)
March 19, 2021

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Two MNDA Directors bow out of service

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.

Patricia Deworitshe,
Director, Press & PR
October 12, 2020.

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MNDA: Babayo promises to address the negative appellation attributed to the Ministry

MNDA: Babayo promises to address the negative appellation attributed to the Ministry

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.

Deworitshe Patricia
D (Press & PR)
September 3, 2020

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