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Federal Government Inaugurates Cassava Processing Plant, 7-Unit Houses in Akwa Ibom

The Federal Government has inaugurated a Cassava Processing Plant and a-7 Unit of Staff Quarters in Akwa Ibom State, in continuation of its on-going tour and commissioning of completed projects of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in the Niger Delta region.

While inaugurating the Cassava Processing plant at Afi Uda Community, Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state on Monday, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani said: "The mission of the Ministry is to promote sustainable development, peace and economic prosperity in the Niger Delta region, which can only be achieved with promotion of an enabling environment for industrialization, by adding value to agricultural commodities, enhancing the capacities of farmers, generation of employment, increase farmers' income and sustainable food security in the region."

"Nigeria is currently the highest producer of Cassava in the world, the huge cassava production in the country may be wasted if not properly processed and utilised for economic prosperity. The establishment of Cassava Processing plant in Afi Uda community will add value to the Cassava production in Akwa Ibom state," the Minister reiterated.

Pastor Usani noted that the choice of Afi Uda community for the modern Cassava processing plant was in recognition of the people's agrarian nature and the need to ensure that cassava was hygienically processed for both local and export consumptions.

He enjoined the community to ensure effective use and maintenance of the facility.

The cassava processing plant at Afi Uda community has added to the number of such plants that were completed and handed over to various communities in the Niger Delta region by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Others are:

i. Cassava Processing plant at Gbarantoru Ekpetiama-Epie community, Bayelsa State,

ii. Cassava Processing plant at Igbotako community, Ondo State,

iii. Cassava Processing plant at Bah Lueku Nyokalena community, Rivers State,

iv. Cassava Processing plant at Isiaku Afara-Ukwu community, Abia State,

v. Cassava Processing plant at Wanakom Cross River State,

vi. Cassava Processing plant at Ngor Okpala, Okwekenta community, Imo State and;

vii. Cassava Processing plant at Mbutu Mbaise, Imo State.

The Minister stressed that the need to empower people economically necessitated the concept of establishing modern cassava processing plant cottage industries in the Niger Delta region.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Aliyu Aminu Bisalla, represented by the Director Community Development and Education, Mrs. Lauren Braide said the project would add value to the people of the community and make them more economically viable.

In his remarks, the Village Head, Afi Uda community, His Royal Highness, Ovong Clement Edet Ekuwem noted: "Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs is the first Federal Ministry to come to the aid of Afi Uda community with an empowerment project, the Minister and the Ministry have given Afi Uda a sense of being part of Nigeria."

His highness appealed to the Federal Government to help the community to construct a 5km road to link Afi Uda with neighbouring communities to enable them benefit from the laudable project. In a related development, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, while commissioning a 7-unit Staff Quarters at the Community Secondary School, Ikot Uko, Odoro Ikot, Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state, disclosed that the intention of the Ministry was in line with the present administration's vision to revive every sector of the society, including education.

He added that the housing units would address the housing deficit faced by the staff of the school in the past and enhance punctuality of the teachers towards impacting quality knowledge to the students who he said were the future of the Niger Delta region and Nigeria in general.

In his remarks on behalf of the School and Ikot Uko community, the Principal of Community Secondary School, Ikot Uko, Mr. Etim Solomon Akpan said the project had introduced a great sense of beauty to the School community.

"The commissioning of the Staff Quarters for the School has shown the presence of the Federal Government in the School and in Ikot Uko community," he reiterated.

Stephen Kilebi,
Deputy Director,
Press and Public Relations,
14th May, 2019

Federal Government trains another 154 Niger Delta Youths on Poultry, Fishery, 47 in Confectionery, Household Technology

In continuation of its training and empowerment programme for the youths and women in the Niger Delta region, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, has trained another batch of 154 youths and women on poultry and fishery farming and 47 others on confectionery and household technology. 

The training, which lasted for two weeks, came to conclusion over the weekend with graduation ceremonies, which took place at the First Technical University Ibadan and The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oyo State respectively.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, represented by the Director Economic Empowerment in the Ministry, Mr. Braimah Akanya told the graduands to make good use of the opportunity to become good ambassadors of the region and the country at large.

He also told them to make good use of the startup package given to them by the Federal Government judiciously in order to free themselves from the labour market and to be ready to train and employ other youths within their localities.

Pic Above: Some of the trainees in group photograph with the Hon. Ministers's representative, Mr. Braimah A. Akanya. Below: Representative of the Hon. Minister, Mr. Braimah A. Akanya presenting certificate to of the trainees.

More so, the Minister reassured the people of the region of the Federal Government's commitment to such initiative.

The Minister congratulated the graduands for the skills acquired and urged them to be self-sustaining, while assuring the participants of other opportunities ahead to support their activities.

He advised the participants to be serious with their businesses, as they have been empowered to start up immediately, telling them that what was given to them was the startup capital, so they should not squander it.

Usani thanked the University for supporting the Ministry by providing enabling environment for such a programme.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of First Technical University Ibadan, Prof. Ayobami Salami also appreciated the Ministry for choosing the school for the training. He expressed the readiness of the institution to collaborate with the Ministry in subsequent trainings.

One of the training Consultants, Mr. Segun Sobajo advised the grandaunt on the need to start practicing the business ideas they have learnt in earnest to enable the Federal government achieve its primary aim of the training and empowerment programme which he said was to curb the rate of poverty and unemployment in the Niger Delta region.

Similarly, the Rector of The Polytechnic Ibadan, Prof. Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi, represented by the Managing Director, Polyventure, Dr. Lawal Kolawole told the 47 Niger Delta youths and women who were trained in confectionery and household technology, to see the programme as a golden opportunity, calling on the beneficiaries to make use of their experience for the good of themselves, the Niger Delta region and Nigeria in general.

Prof. Kazeem, commended the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration's initiatives on human capital development in the Niger Delta region.

The trainees expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for the opportunity to be part of the training programmes.

Stephen Kilebi,
Deputy Director,
Press & Public Relations,
12th May 2019.

Paramount Ruler hails Federal Government over Projects execution

A front-line Paramount Ruler in Cross River State has commended the Federal Government for its resilience to bring succor to the people of the Niger Delta region, by embarking on critical projects execution through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

His Royal Majesty, Ndidem Patrick Inok Oqua Agbo V, the Paramount Ruler of Calabar Municipalities and Grand Patron of the Oqua Nation, made the disclosure at the commissioning ceremony of Atimbo-Akpabuyo road in Calabar, Cross River State, this weekend.

Hon. Minister (right) inaugurate Atimbo-Akpabuyo road in Calabar while the Paramount Ruler of Calabar Municipalities, Edidem Patrick Inok Iquo Agbo V (2nd right) and Rep. of the Perm. Secretary and Director CDE in the Ministry watch.

"We appreciate the Federal Government of Nigeria, which through the supervision of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, has linked Calabar to Bakassi with a good road network. This has helped farmers to move their produce easily to Calabar for economic prosperity," he added.

The Paramount Ruler stressed that the rehabilitation of Atimbo-Akpabuyo road was one of the many projects completed by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in Cross River State and other States in the Niger Delta region.

Ndidem Patrick said the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani had done the expected of a good beaurocrat with dexterity.

He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity given to their son, Usani to help his people.

The 6.55Km Atimbo-Akpabuyo road Sections 1 and 2, links Calabar to Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State and it is considered very key for the advancement of agriculture in the area.

In his remarks, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani said the rehabilitation of Atimbo-Akpabuyo road was necessitated by the plight of the people who stayed long hours to move their goods from Bakassi to Calabar in the past.

He added that the policy of the Buhari led Federal Government was to ensure that no project was abandoned, saying that as many projects were being commissioned across the region, more were being given attention through contract award in other to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of Niger Delta region.

"The Federal Government alone cannot meet all the needs of the people, the States and Local Governments should complement the efforts by constructing internal roads in various communities in the region," the Minister reiterated.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Aliyu Aminu Bisalla, represented by the Director, Community Development and Education in the Ministry, Mrs. Lauren Braide commended the cooperation of all the stakeholders for supporting the Federal Government in executing the project in good time.

Similarly, while commissioning a Cottage Hospital built and equipped by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs at Assiga Community in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State over the weekend, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani noted that siting the project in Assiga was aimed to reduce the suffering of the people of the community and other neighbouring communities in seeking medical attention outside their localities.

 

The Minister added that the Ministry was making necessary arrangements for the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure the smooth running and proper deployment of medical personnel to the health centre.

Elder Ogban Edet Usang, on behalf of the leadership of the community, said: "We the people of Assiga Community are grateful to witness the commissioning of this noble health centre. When the work started, we heaved a sigh of relieve. This health centre will serve the teeming population of not only Assiga Community, but the entire Yakurr Local Government and beyond."

"We thank the Federal Government and Pastor Usani Uguru Usani for remembering the people in this part of the country, by putting this project in place," he stressed.

The Honourable Minister is on a tour of inaugurating completed projects of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs across the nine States in the Niger Delta region.

Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director
Press and Public Relations
11th May, 2019

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