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Federal Government inaugurates Community Projects in Ogoja Local Government Area, Cross River State

In keeping with its commitment to the welfare of the people at the grassroots, the Federal Government has inaugurated a community town hall and a solar-powered water projects at Ishibori and Abakpa communities in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Inaugurating the projects on Thursday, the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to rendering services to the society without fear or favour. "This administration has not come to recompense evil for evil, every government has the responsibility to serve the society and we are doing so without any partisanship; that is why we are spreading projects in every community and various constituencies in the Niger Delta region according to their needs and availability of resources," the Minister stressed.

Pastor Usani added that government's efforts in Ogoja land were not limited to the town hall and a solar-powered borehole being inaugurated alone, but that several other people-oriented projects were being handled by his Ministry, while many on-going internal roads being undertaken by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Ogoja Local Government Area would soon be completed and inaugurated accordingly, for the use of the people.

He called for the support of the people of Ogoja for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration which according to the Minister, "Had recorded a number of infrastructure for the people to see."

The Minister charged the people of Ishibori and Abakpa communities, Ogoja land in general and the entire people of the Niger Delta region to remain law abiding citizens, urging them to make effective use of government's projects in their localities and also ensure the security of the facilities, so that government would be encouraged to do more.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Alhaji Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, represented by the Director Community Development and Education in the Ministry, Mrs. Lauren Braide, noted that social welfare and community engagements were critical components of the Federal Government's Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the mandate of the Ministry.

He added that prime attention was given to the provision of community facilities due to their far-reaching impacts on citizens' participation in governance.

Presenting the goodwill message on behalf of the Ntol Mgbeje Ama lll and the people of Ishibori community, the Vice President of Ishibori Development Council (IDC), Chief Ale Ujum expressed the delight of the people in the quick intervention of the Federal Government to make the dream of the community town hall which had lingered for decades, into reality within one year.

"This project has given this community a facelift," he reiterated.

Towoju, Raphael B.
For: Director Press
21st September, 2018

Federal Government distributes 150 Tricycles to Youths, Women in Cross River State

Federal Government has distributed 150 tricycles to youths and women in Calabar, Cross River State. This is in line with its mission of improving the economic and social wellbeing of Niger Deltans.

The initiative aimed, at improving the ease of transportation and enhancing economic activities in the State, which is one of many put in place by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to improve the standard of living of the people in the Niger Delta region.

This was disclosed in Calabar, Cross River State, by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, at the distribution of the tricycles where he revealed that the programme was aimed at improving the lives of the vulnerable in the society, the physically challenged, widows, and orphans, who are, most times, financially handicapped.

The Minister, who was represented by Mrs Lauretta Braide, Director of Community Development and Education Department of the Ministry. He said the event was the first phase of the scheme was limited to three Local Government Areas of the Southern Senatorial District of the State. She also said that other parts of the State and other states of the region would benefit from subsequent phases of the empowerment programme as soon as the implementation of the 2018 budget commences.

He expressed hope that the initiative would lead to improved peace and development of Cross River State and other states in the Niger Delta region. He said that the scheme was complementary to the commendable efforts of the State Government to create employment opportunities for its populace.

Usani advised the beneficiaries against selling their tricycles as this would defeat the essence of the scheme, rather, they should be put to good economic use for their benefits, their families and the society.

In his remarks, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Aminu Aliyu BIsalla, represented by Dr. Sam Eno, Director of Planning, Research and Statistics congratulated the beneficiaries for getting selected to gain from the scheme and urged them to put the tricycles to good use.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Florence Akonjom Ayip, thanked the Federal Government for “thinking of such a brilliant initiative”.

Mrs. Ayip said that as a widow it had been financially tasking to take care of her children and other responsibilities, expressed confidence that the tricycle would help in ameliorating her difficulties. Mrs Ekanem Henshaw, another beneficiary commended the Federal Government for making the scheme gender sensitive, promising that her tricycle would be judiciously used to improve her financial status.

Mr. Richard Etim Edet, a youth beneficiary said that been selected, as one of the beneficiaries was a big relief, as he would no longer wonder to earn a living.

Marshall Gundu

Director Press

11th September 2018.

Scarcity of Funds Stalls Remediation of Polluted Areas of Niger Delta – Minister

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, has attributed the slow pace of remediation of polluted areas of the Niger Delta region to the scarcity of funds.

Usani said this, in Abuja when the new Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Nigeria Agip Oil Company, Mr. Fiorillo Lorenzo, visited him. He said the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of the urgent need to check the effects of pollution in the Niger Delta region but was constrained by other pressing demands of the country.

He therefore called on the new Managing Director of NAOC to make the clean-up of polluted areas in the Niger Delta region one of the priorities of his company, adding that the Ministry was willing to collaborate with it on the development of the region.

The Minister, who expressed appreciation to the oil company for its previous efforts in developing the region, urged it to abide by the Ministry’s Strategic Implementation Work Plan that is geared towards the avoidance of duplicity of projects by its development partners.

In his remarks, Professor Claudius Omoleye Daramola, Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, urged the Managing Director to evolve ways of helping the Federal Government curb the issues of oil spillage and youth restiveness as they were some of the challenges of the region.

The Minister of State also urged management of Nigeria Agip Oil Company to make provision for aged and retired Niger Deltans.

Mr. Fiorillo Lorenzo said that the visit was part of his familiarisation visit to development partners and stakeholders of the Niger Delta region on assumption of duty. He promised not to renege on the efforts made by his predecessors to develop the region.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, urged the company to maintain good communication with the Ministry especially on its efforts to develop the Niger Delta region.

Marshall Gundu

Director Press

6th September, 2018

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