MNDA: Federal Government to release N19.67 Billion for the completion of the East-West Road by 2021

The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, CON, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that N19.67 Billion be released immediately to fast track the completion of the section I-IV of the East-West Road project by 2021 to address the deficient infrastructure in the region and boast the economic life of the people.

Senator Akpabio stated this during a meeting he had with contractors handling different sections of the road projects in Abuja recently. 

The Minister explained that the East-West road which was conceived in 2006 during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Administration was to be completed in 2010, but this was stalled principally due to paucity of funds. In April 2009, the project was transferred to Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, with the mandate of fast-tracking its completion, this could not also be realized due to in-flexible terms prescribed by Financial institutions in this regard.

According to Sen. Akpabio, despite the checkered history of the project which may not require less than N102 billion for its overall completion, President Muhammadu Buhari in line with the determination of his administration to address the issue of deficient infrastructure in the country has graciously decided to consider issues surrounding the delay in the completion of the project with a Presidential pronouncement on June 18, 2020, target to ensure that what needs to be done is put in place for the completion of the East-West road by 2021.

“The project which starts from the Delta Steel company Roundabout in Delta State, transverses through Kaiama in Bayelsa State, goes through Ahoada in Port Harcourt in Rivers State, down to Eket and from Eket to Oron in Akwa-Ibom State, is to complete the Section I-IV being part of the two sections that had previously been completed. Section–V which covers 23km from Oron to Calabar is still under process.

Considering the disposition of the region to the stability of Nigeria’s Economy, the project will not only redress infrastructural deficient in the region, its completion would assist the oil industry in terms of moving goods that will facilitate oil production, Movement within the area, Restiveness and boast the economic life of the people and the Nation at large” he said.

Speaking further, the Hon. Minister said that this administration has undertaken more infrastructural development projects than any other government he has met and the East-West road would be one of the legacy projects of this administration. He thanked the contractors for being committed to ensuring that the Presidential mandate is achieved by re-mobilizing back to site even when funds have not been made available and assured them of the people’s cooperation.

The Minister of State, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura in his remarks appealed to the contractors to work hard to fulfill the mandate of Mr. President.

The Contractors thanked the Minister for giving them the opportunity to work with the MNDA and reiterated their readiness to remobilize back to site immediately to meet the 2021 target deadline.

Deworitshe Patricia
Director (Press & PR)
June 18, 2020.

COVID-19: MDA’S Vote N20Million for Facilities upgrade in Federal Secretariat Complex

The Permanent Secretary (PS) Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA) Mr. Olusade Adesola has disclosed that Ministries Departments and Agencies (MNDA) in the Federal Secretariat Phase-1 has earmarked twenty million naira (N20 Million) to upgrade Facilities and improve hygiene of staff at the Federal Secretariat Complex Phase-1.

Mr. Olusade Adesola who is also the Chairman of all engagements on COVID-19 stated this at the inauguration of the implementation committee recently in Abuja.

Speaking during the inauguration, Mr. Adesola said that the committee which had earlier been constituted following the outbreak of the virulent COVID-19 virus early this year, the Committee was to adopt hygiene procedures that will help to check the spread of the virus among staff and also address related issues raised on the deplorable toilet facilities as noted by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan.

According to Mr. Adesola, following the prevalence of the Virus infection, the lockdown and the expected return of designated staff, the HSCF, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan issued directives to Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Agencies at a recent service wide meeting held on-line for residence Ministries in the Secretariat Complex to optimize their hygiene level.

“This is why we had to review the initial preliminary arrangement of using hand sanitizer to deploying hand washing facilities at designated points to increase the chances of managing the spread of the Virus. Stakeholders also had a meeting, and decided to invite the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to reappraise the water supply problem within the complex and advice appropriately.”

“The FCTA presented a proposal, which was reviewed and evaluated by the Permanent Secretaries and members of the committee. The total cost of the Project which includes Upgrading and Rehabilitating of High Lifts Pumps for water supply was put at N20 Million and this has been shared among the various MDA’s residence in the complex” he said.

Speaking further, Mr. Olusade said the action stage now is to inaugurate the implementation committee which responsibility is to monitor the progress in the implementation of the projects, ensure that payment to the project as agreed are made and also adopt strategies to address delays in the implementation of the project.

The committee which is chaired by Mr. Adeyemi Omotayo Director, General Services (GS) MNDA also include Mr Lawrence Adigwe (Director, Special Duties MNDA), Mr. Maurice Achibong (Director, HRM, Police Service commission), Mrs. Mariam Funke Taiwo (Director GS. Min. of Aviation), Mallam Maishau Ibrahim (PA. to the PS.Aviation), Dr. Isaac Agbor (Head/consultant Fed. Staff Clinic Phase-1) and Representative of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.

Deworitshe Patricia,
D (Press & PR), 
June 4, 2020.

Covid-19: Head of the Civil Service of the Federation inspects Phase 1 Complex of the Federal Secretariat

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), Dr. (Mrs.) Folasade Yemi-Esan has stated that the welfare of Civil Servants is paramount and would not want them to work in conditions that could further endanger their health especially at this pandemic era.

She disclosed this while inspecting the Phase 1 Complex of the Federal Secretariat recently in Abuja.

Dr. Yemi-Esan explained that the Office has given Permanent Secretaries guidelines on what they should do and what they should provide for staff to support the efforts of Government to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in workplaces. She said that the inspection was to ascertain how much of the instructions have been implemented.

 From her assessment, Dr. Yemi Esan commended the Permanent Secretaries in the complex for providing hand washing points placed in strategic places, noting that enough sanitizing points have being put in place to avoid the spread of the virus.

The HCSF however expressed displeasure from her inspection of some toilets in the Complex. She therefore enjoined all the Permanent Secretaries concerned to improve on the toilet facilities before her next visit.

She emphasized that apart from the efforts of the Permanent Secretaries, the HCSF is also working with the FCTA and the Ministry of Finance to ensure that the working condition in the Federal Secretariats are improved upon especially at this period.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Olusade Adesola, who chairs the Ad-hoc Committee of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA’s) in the Phase I Secretariat stated that efforts are being put in place to ensure adequate supply of water in the complex, because without water, it would be difficult to maintain a clean environment.

Mr. Olusade explained the various measures being put in place for staff to ensure a safe work environment. According to him, “hand washing points are situated in all entry points of the Complex, hand sanitizers are also provided by respective Ministries at the respective floors and individual Ministries have been enjoined to provide face mask for their staff”.

It will be recalled that, on Wednesday, 25 March, 2020, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Olusade Adesola chaired a meeting of MDAs resident in the Phase I Federal Secretariat to address measures that would help prevent infection of Covid-19 among staff reporting for duties.

Deworitshe Patricia,
D (Press & PR),
May 29th, 2020.

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