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Fed Government to sanction IOC's that fail in its statutory obligation to the Host Communities

The Honourable Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio has hinted moves by the Federal Government to give legal teeth to deal with any of the International Oil Companies (IOC’s) that fail in its statutory obligation to oil producing communities.

The Minister made this observation during an interactive session with members of “Course 15 Executive Intelligence Participants of the National Institute for Security Studies” (NISS), at the Minister’s office recently in Abuja.

“A law that will compel IOC’s engaged in oil exploration and exploitation in the Niger Delta region has already passed Second Reading in the House of Representatives. It is expected that when the bill is passed into law, there would be sanctions and punishment for any defaulter”, he said.

Sen. Akpabio who noted that environmental pollution resulting from the activities of oil and gas exploration in the region is real, commended the institute and participants for opting for this year’s theme, “Global Climate Challenge Practice & Prospects for Economic Development and Conflict Resolution in Africa”. He explained that such study would help participants to identify practices responsible for the situations and proffer solutions that would promote peaceful co-existence.

According to the former Governor, the theme is a clear example of the emerging situations not just in the Niger Delta area but also in the Lake Chad region bordering Nigeria, Cameroun and Niger Republic that has been experiencing serious climate change recently.

Speaking further, the Minister said that the drying up of Lake Chad from its initial 25,000-sqkm water logged area to just 6,000-sqkm has lead to the disruption of the economy and social life of the people around the area, therefore encouraging Migration of farmers and herders across the length and breath of Africa and giving rise to conflicts among different groups.

The former Senate Minority Leader explained that the Ministry, which was established in 2009, has the mandate of coordinating the activities of interventionist agencies in the aspect of development and also ensure that total peace is achieved in the region. The Ministry does this by organizing workshops, seminars, engaging different stakeholders to douse envisaged tension in troubled areas, it also encourages International Oils Companies (IOC’s) to adopt international best practices in their exploration activities.

Earlier, Deputy Commandant and Director Studies, National Institute for Security Studies, Mr. Didacus Egor Egbeji, commended the Minister for sustaining peace and stability in the versatile region with infrastructural development cutting across the nine States of the Niger Delta region.

The Deputy Commandant, states that this year’s course in the institute with the theme “Global Climate Challenge Practice & Prospects for Economic Development and Conflict Resolution in Africa” tallies with the Ministry’s mandate and is paramount to the Niger Delta region.

Egbeji, further maintained, that the visit among other reasons was to hear from the Minister, what the Government and Ministry are doing to curb issues emanating from oil pollution in the region. According to him, “when we talk of Global Climate Change, we mean what affects the ozone layer, concerning oil exploration and the degradation of the environment by the activities of multinational companies operating in the region”.

Deworitshe Patricia
D (Press & PR)
16th February, 2022

Akpabio attributes economic and security challenges to Climate Change

The Honourable Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, CON, has said that the climate change being experienced around the Lake Chad has reduced economic activities and the security challenges facing the Nation.

The Minister made this observation during an interactive session with members of “Course 15 Executive Intelligence Participants of the National Institute for Security Studies” (NISS), at the Minister’s office recently in Abuja.

The Minister who commended the Institute and participants on the selection of this year’s theme, “Global Climate Challenge Practice & Prospects for Economic Development and Conflict Resolution in Africa”, posited that the theme is a clear example of the situation in the Lake Chad region, which shares boundaries with Nigeria, Cameroun and Niger Republic.

“The topic of the theme is very apt. Climate change and desert encroachment in the Lake Chad region has led to reduced economic activities in the region. The Lake Chad region, which was about 25,000-sqkm water logged, has now shrinked to about 6000-sqkm. To an extend this has affected the economy making it difficult for farmers, fishermen, and herders who use to benefit from the Lake Chad that is gradually drying up now. The outcome of your studies, I believe, will lead to finding a lasting solution to the problem”.

He further hinted on moves by the Federal Government to give legal teeth to deal with any of the International Oil Companies (IOC) who fail in its statutory obligation to oil producing communities, stressing that, “a law that will compel IOC’s engaged in oil exploration and exploitation in the Niger Delta region has already passed Second Reading in the House of Representatives. It is expected that after the bill is passed into law, there would be sanctions and punishment for any defaulter”, he added.

Earlier, Deputy Commandant and Director Studies, National Institute for Security Studies, Mr. Didacus Egor Egbeji, commended the Minister for sustaining peace and stability in the versatile region with infrastructural development cutting across the nine States of the Niger Delta region. The Deputy Commandant, states that this year’s course in the institute with the theme “Global Climate Challenge Practice & Prospects for Economic Development and Conflict Resolution in Africa” tallies with the Ministry’s mandate and is paramount to the Niger Delta region.

Egbeji, further maintained, that the visit among other reasons was to hear from the Minister, what the Government and Ministry are doing to curb issues emanating from oil pollution in the region. According to him, “when we talk of Global Climate Change, we mean what affects the ozone layer, concerning oil exploration and the degradation of the environment by the activities of multinational companies operating in the region”.

Deworitshe Patricia
D (Press & PR)
16th February, 2022

Akpabio Negotiating with CBN for Agricultural Development in the Niger Delta Region – Alasoadura

The Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Donald Omotayo Alasoadura has said that the Ministry is making relentless efforts in collaborating with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through First Bank on Agricultural Revolution Initiative in the Niger Delta region.

He said this in an interview session with the Ministers Platform recently held in Abuja.

According to him, “agriculture is a veritable area that is to be tapped into in the Niger Delta region” adding that First Bank is ready to give as much as N50billion grant to develop agriculture especially in the area of low land rice cultivation and fishery. He made this assertion with the promise that the region can produce rice that can feed Nigeria as a whole. “I believe that when this comes through, the Niger Delta area will not be the same again as far as agriculture is concerned”.

He alluded that the Ministry has made notable efforts in the area of training and empowerment of youths, women and artisans as over 1,500 participants were trained and empowered last year with N500,000.00 given to each person as grant to start their businesses or expand existing ones, assuring that 2022 training programmes would be more elaborate.

Senator Alasoadura stated that the Ministry’s master plan for the Niger Delta region is tailored towards giving basic priorities and improving the Niger Delta holistically, from education to agriculture, empowerment, electricity, housing, infrastructure, land reclamation, health, construction of jetties and canalization, provision of available funds for development, geared towards uplifting the living standard of the Niger Delta people.

In the area of environmental degradation and pollution caused by Hydrocarbon activities such as gas flaring, crude oil exploration and oil spillage, Senator Omotayo commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that the Ogoni water and sea pollution is being addressed vigorously stating that “the Ministry is also partnering Ministries of Environment and Petroleum Resources respectively in tackling the menace and bringing lasting solution to the problem”.

He reiterated that the greatest legacy the present administration would be remembered for, through the platform of the Ministry is the completion of the East West road and through the efforts of the Ministry; N10billion from the 2021 Sovereign SUKUK Insurance was secured for construction work on the East- West Road.

He further stated that the Ministry has been able to handle to a large extent industrialization and economic challenges confronting the region by promoting the welfare of the people and ensuring that peace and tranquility is maintained adding that the Ministry ensures adequate intervention, consultation with the Traditional rulers, major stakeholders, youths etc. to maintain peace and progress in the region.

The Ministry has also revamped various abandoned projects, located at various communities in the 9 States of the Niger Delta region commissioned and handed over to communities, institutions and so on to be used for their benefits. Such projects according to the Alasoadura are: Skill acquisition centers, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Headquarters, 66 flats Police residential quarters, amongst others.

Senator Alasoadura noted that the Ministry is coordinating to ensure that the 3% from the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) meant for the development of host communities in the region is utilized judiciously for the communities to reap its benefits.

He therefore urged the youths and the people of the Niger Delta region to give the government maximum support to succeed in all its endeavours towards the Niger Delta region.

Deworitshe Patricia
D (Press & PR)
10th February 2022

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