Federal Government prioritizes Healthcare Development in the Niger Delta Region

The Federal government has assured the people of the Niger Delta Region of Government's intention to prioritize Healthcare within the region and ensure that the people enjoy basic healthcare provisions.

The Honourable Minister of State, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku at the Government House in Owerri, Imo State, on Tuesday March 17th, 2020.

Sen. Alasoadura explained that the purpose of the visit is to provide Medical outreach and Enlightenment Campaign for Women and Youths on HIV/AIDS for the people of Mmahu, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

Addressing the beneficiaries at the medical outreach the Minister said, the Enlightenment programme organized by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), in collaboration with the Health Mission is specifically to address basic health issues of the rural Communities.

Speaking Further, Alasoadura informed the people that President Muhammadu Buhari's administration is concerned about the welfare of the people of the region and would ensure that the basic health provision is all inclusive in the Niger Delta Developmental Plan.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola who was represented by the Director Community Development and Education (CDE), Mrs. Lauren Briade, noted that the health intervention plan is in line with the Federal Government Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the World Health organization (WHO) recommendations for member Nations to Commemorate Worlds AIDS Day on the 1st of December, World Malaria Day on the 25th of April and World Cancer Day on the 4th of February every year.

Mr. Adesola noted that the Ministry’s Medical Outreach Programme is designed with the objectives of bringing health care services to the door steps of the people, providing free consultations, drugs/medications and referrals when necessary, also to provide professional advice and information on prevention and treatable measures to the people. 

In his remarks the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Professor Placid Njoku expressed his gratitude to Mr. President for his great concern to the people of the region and thanked the Ministry for organizing such an enlightenment programme for the benefit of the community.

Earlier at the Royal Majesty's Palace, Eze Augustine Iwuogu, Ezioma I of Mmahu Autonomous community, pleaded with the Ministry to consider activating the Gas turbine that was brought to the community in 2006, but was later abandoned and also emphasize on providing employment for the people of the community.

Deworitshe Patricia,
Head (Press & PR),
March 18th, 2020.

Federal Government releases N20billion for the East-West Road Project

The Federal Government has released the sum of N20billion to fast track the completion of the East-West Road project.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, disclosed this at a meeting held in his office with the Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Federal Ministry of Finance and the Contractors handling Section I-IV of the East-West Road Project which has lingered since 2006 till date.

Akpabio ordered Contractors handling the East-West Road to return to site immediately for the speedy completion of the project in line with the Presidential directives that Section IV of the road be completed on time to enable the people of the region experience the dividend of democracy has promised during his electioneering campaign.

The Minister urged Contractors to cooperate with the Ministry and return back to site, explaining that the Ministry will soon come out with a dated plan of releasing N20billion to the Contractors after signing the tripartite agreement in line with Presidential directives, which transferred the project to the Presidential Infrastructural Development Fund (PIDF) under the NSIA.

The Minister said, “The project which was first awarded in 2006 was scheduled for completion by the end of 2010, but this could not be achieved due to inadequate funding. The physical progress of the East-West Road when the project was transferred to the newly created Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in 2008 was just 8% of work done by Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.”

“However, additional funding received between 2012 and 2015 from the African Development Bank (AFDB) and Subsidy Reinvestment and Development Programme (SURE-P) enabled the completion of two Sections which are now ready for commissioning. The outstanding Sections and recently awarded upgrade contracts were rescheduled for completion by 2020,” he said.

According to Akpabio “the overall project achievement stands at an average of 76% of the total 676km (338x2) carriageway for Section I-IV, a total of 611.05km of earthworks, 584.60km of asphaltic binder course, and 523.75km of wearing course, 1143 no. of culverts and a total of 41nos. bridges (total length of 5,483m) with the second 850m Imo River Bridge, Okoso, Mbiama, Patani-Eket and Kaima Bridges have been substantially completed as at March, 2019.”

In his remarks, the Managing Director, NSIA, Mr. Uche Orji, commended the Minister for his renewed energy and commitment to the completion of the East-West Road to accomplish the objective set by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Orji noted that NSIA involvement in the project is to manage the PIDF, set-up by the President in 2018, to manage key projects of this administration which includes the East-West Road, Abuja-Kano Highway, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Third Niger Bridge and the Mabilla Power Project. He explained that for the project to be viable, they would be tolled projects to be covered by tripartite agreement.

Deworitshe Patricia
Head (Press & PR), 
17TH March, 2020.  

Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to strengthen the Implementation of SIWP

The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has indicated the resolve of the Ministry to strengthen the implementation of the Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP) which is a broader Stakeholders engagement process to strengthen Monitoring and Evaluation framework to eliminate projects duplicity and abandonment in the Niger Delta Region.

The Minister who was represented by the Honourable Minister of State, Senator Omotayo Alasoadura disclosed this at a round table meeting on SIWP with the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other Stakeholders on Thursday, March 12th 2020, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

He said that SIWP portal was basically to provide coordinated framework for the implementation of developmental interventions, also to provide joint accountability framework for monitoring and evaluation of projects, and to deliver a strategic response based on shared vision for development by Stakeholders in the Niger Delta Region, as facilitated by the Office of the Vice President in 2016.

According to Sen. Akpabio, SIWP enjoys technical support from the United Kingdom Government via the Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN). He noted that to actualize implementation of the SIWP, the Ministry through the technical support of SDN, developed a digital Information Management System portal (http;//siwp.na) with a Mobile App, imbued with project tracking and GIS features to strengthen Monitoring and Evaluation framework.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Affairs, Mr. Olusade Adesola in his remarks reiterated that the development of the Niger Delta region remains the priority of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and that Government commitment to this effort has further been strengthened by the vigor to change the narrative of the region by the dedicated leadership of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio.

“The aim of the round table meeting is to update stakeholders and make discussion around the SIWP in other to increase awareness of the programme, to secure and obtain contributions for robust implementation of this platform by the MNDA and for the Region” he said.

The Permanent Secretary, who identified the absence of an effective coordinating platform that could enable the Ministry monitor which organization is handling which project and those that have benefitted from the various empowerment programmes, said that the deployment of SIWP will greatly support the Ministry’s ability to monitor and coordinate intervention programmes and activities being undertaken in this regard.

Earlier, the Nigeria Country Director, Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), Dr. Christopher Onosode said, SDN was created for effective monitoring and evaluation by the Ministry within the context of stabilizing security conditions and the reduction of militancy and promotion of concerted development in the Niger Delta Region.

He noted that to address the poor response to the development and security challenges in the Niger Delta, SDN has been supporting dialogue between the Federal Government, key actors and citizens through series of programmes, adding that since the development of SIWP and the Portal, SDN has continued to provide technical assistance to strengthen Ministry of Niger Delta’s internal capacity and processes for effective implementation coordination.

Patricia Deworitshe, 
Head (P & PR), 
March 13, 2020

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