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
The 180 Bakassi returnees trained in Cross River State have commended the Federal Government for impacting positively in their lives, saying they were amazed as they were made Half-Millionaires in ten days by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The Senate Committee on Niger Delta has warned contractors handling some flagship projects of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to desist from the acts capable of aggravating the challenges confronting the Niger Delta Region and Nigeria.