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Federal Government Commissions Health Centre in Ondo Community

In furtherance of its goal of making health care more accessible to the rural communities of the Niger Delta region, the Federal Government has commissioned a new health centre at Ode Ugbo community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.

While commissioning the Health Centre, the Honourable Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Professor Claudius Omoleye Daramola disclosed that the effort was in continuation of the Ministry’s Quick Win Intervention Projects initiative. The initiative is geared towards making health care more accessible to the rural areas of the Niger Delta region.

The Minister, who was represented by the Director, Community Development and Education (CDE) in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mrs. Lauren Braide, said that four similar projects had been completed and were ready for use in other states of the region.

Prof. Daramola, who attributed the project to part of the gains of the Change Agenda of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, revealed that more health centres were still being constructed, with more to be added as soon as the 2019 appropriation bill is passed into law.

The Minister called on indigenes and residents of the region to support the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari to improve the quality of lives in the region by maximally utilizing the health facilities.

He urged the people of Ode Ugbo community to ensure the protection as well as maintenance of the equipment provided, adding that the Ministry would continue to ‘give prime attention' to its commitment in Ondo state and other Niger Delta states.

In his remarks, Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, represented by the State’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, thanked the Federal Government for the edifice in Ode Ugbo community.

He added that since the importance of good health could not be overemphasised, the Governor called for the establishment of more health facilities in the state, especially those with theatre and maternity rooms.

In his remarks, the traditional ruler of Ode Ugbo community, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Frederick Entiolorunda Obateru Akinruntan, thanked Government for the project.

He added that there wasneed for the health centre to be made functional as qualified health personnel were urgently needed in the community.

The traditional ruler, who was represented by the Asogbon of Ugbo land and Secretary of Ugboland, Demebi Isaiah Adewole, urged government to employ workers from the community as it had indigenes who are well qualified to work with the health facility.

In his welcome address, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Aliyu Aminu Bisalla, represented by Architect Agbubala Tsoken, Coordinator of the Ondo State Office of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, thanked those involved for the speedy completion of the project as it was done in 4 months.

He urged residents of the community to see the project as one of the legacies of the present administration in addition to ensuring that it was maintained and ‘judiciously used’.

In his remarks, Comrade Demehin Gbenga, Chairman, Federation of Ugbo Kingdom Youths, expressed appreciation for the health facility and requested that more efforts should be geared towards satisfying the yearnings of the youths of the area.

Comrade Demehin called for provision of employment opportunities for the youths and development of the community.

Signed:

Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director
Press and Public Relations
27th April, 2019

Ministry Blacklists Contractors

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has blacklisted some of its contractors for poor performance of jobs in the Niger Delta Region.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani gave the order in Abuja after reviewing the performance of the contractors vis-a-viz scopes of jobs, jobs specifications, and the amount of money received from the Federal Government for the execution of the various jobs.

Usani said that henceforth the Ministry would no longer engage the services of the affected companies for project execution in the Region.

The list of blacklisted companies include:

1. Udapa Nig. Ltd.

2. Anbez Nig. Ltd.

3. Green Mozis Nig. Ltd.

Signed
Stephen T. Kilebi
Deputy Director
(Press & Public Relations)
24th April, 2019

Federal Government Approves N100bn for East West Road Project - Usani

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has said that the Federal Government had approved the sum of One Hundred Billion Naira (N100BN) for the completion of Sections 1 to 4 of the East West road project.

The Minister disclosed this at a meeting with the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM), led by its National Chairman, High Chief (Dr.) Style Benjamin Tamaranebi, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

It could be recalled that the findings from a Presidential Inter-Ministerial team on assessment tour of Sections 1 to 4 of the East West road from Warri, Delta State to Oron, Akwa Ibom State, in the year 2018, showed that contractors would require about N100bn to complete the four sections of the flagship project in the Niger Delta region, the Minister said the submission from the committee culminated in the said approval of the fund.

Pastor Usani added that the China Export-Import bank had also agreed to support the construction of section 5 of the East West road from Oron to Calabar, with $500M, while the Federal Government pays counterpart funding.

The Minister disclosed that the Federal Government was at the verge of awarding the contract with a new design.

He added that the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority was to monitor the completion of Sections 1 to 4 of the East West road, saying that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs had given its nod to the directive of the Presidency that the N100bn should be paid directly to the contractors from the Federation Account.

The Minister revealed that the Federal Government has also directed that the Gas Flare Penalty Fine being requested by the host communities, be released to them.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola, decried a situation where contracts were awarded to the indigenes of the Niger Delta region, who ended up abandoning the projects after payments, he said decisive actions would be taken to address such occurrences.

“We are doing our best to see how all the communities in the Niger Delta region will benefit from government projects, activities and programmes,” he reiterated.

Prof. Daramola disclosed that all completed projects in the region by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs would be handed over to benefitting communities in due course.

In his remarks, the National Chairman of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM), High Chief (Dr.) Style Benjamin Tamaranebi, said their visit was to seek the Federal Government’s collaboration through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, in a bid to address the challenges of various communities in the Niger Delta region.

Signed
Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director
(Press and Public Relations)
9th April, 2019

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