We Are Worried About Environmental Impacts in the Niger Delta Region - Usani

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Usani Uguru Usani has expressed worries over the negative impacts of environmental discontent in the Niger Delta region, saying it has informed the Ministry's decision to streamline Environmental Policy Action in the region.

Usani expressed this concern at a One-day Stakeholders Validation Workshop and launching of a draft document on Niger Delta Region Climate Change Programme and Action Plan (NDRCCP-AP) organised by the Ministry Of Niger Delta Affairs in Calabar, Cross River State, on Thursday.

"The purpose of this programme is to streamline Environmental Policy Action in the Niger Delta which are traceable to the impact of environmental discontents such as the flooding that is ravaging the Riverine communities, the prevalence of cancer-related ailments, the radio-active ailments, as well as the soot that is in the atmosphere, especially in Rivers state," the Minister emphasised.

The Minister decried a situation where communities in the Niger Delta region were being submerged by flood while little or no action is being taken to address the trend.

He called on relevant stakeholders to urgently device means of addressing environmental disaster that demands emergency in Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta region, stating that all human activities are impacted as a result of climate change in the Niger Delta region.

Dr. Usani reiterated the need to "Carry out sensitization on climate change so that people will know the effect of what they go through and also that investors and economic moguls would discontinue harping on our ignorance while they make economic fortunes."

The Minister promised his Ministry's determination to perfect the draft climate change programme document in a bid to make it a worthy document that will guide all actions that are aimed at addressing environmental disasters in the Niger Delta region.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla noted that Climate Change and global warming posed serious challenges to the Niger Delta region. He added that the pace of change was increasing, saying "Unless the trend is reversed, human and physical ecologies are bound to be seriously impacted as it is being observed at the moment in many parts of the Niger Delta region."

In his words at the event, the Amayanabo of Twon Brass and the Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in Bayelsa State, His Royal Highness, King Alfred Diette Spiff, charged the people in the coastal communities in the Niger Delta region to take necessary measures to guard against more negative effects of climate change and global warming in the near future.

Corroborating his colleague from Bayelsa, the Paramount Ruler of Bakassi and Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in Cross River State, His Royal Highness, Dr. Etim Okon Edet, thanked the Federal Government for its development efforts in the Niger Delta region.

He advised that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs should inaugurate the completed Housing project in Bakassi to the beneficiaries to address their housing need and expedite action on the completion of the Skills acquisition Centre in Akpabuyo in Cross River State.

Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director (Press)
16th November, 2018.

Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs allocates Houses to Beneficiaries

Concerned by the lingering challenge of completing the various housing projects which have been on-going for years now, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Doctor Usani Uguru Usani has disclosed that his Ministry was considering the option of allocating the houses to various beneficiaries for completion and proper maintenance.

The Minister disclosed this while playing host to the members of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta who were on oversight visit to the Ministry in Abuja, on Thursday.

The Ministry is handling housing projects in the nine states of the Niger Delta region, some of which have been completed and awaiting allocation.

On the East West Road Project, the Minister said that the Ministry was mandated to transfer Sections 1 to 4 of the project to the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (N.S.I.A) for completion.

He noted that the process of transferring the project may further delay the completion of the flagship project, adding that the Ministry was preparing a response to that directive.

The Minister said only about 74 per cent of the budgetary allocation was released to the Ministry from the 2017 Appropriation, as 10 percent has so far been released from the 2018 Appropriation.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Essien Ayi said the mass housing projects in the Niger Delta region had become 'abandoned projects' and 'dens of criminals.' He said the Committee would advise that the houses be allocated in their uncompleted stages to the rightful beneficiaries and allow them complete the houses while the Ministry deploys subsequent allocations to other projects like skills acquisition Centres which he said will be more beneficial to the indigenes of the Niger Delta region.

Honourable Ayi added that the Committee was in the Ministry to know the level of performance of the 2017 and 2018 Budgets, particularly the funding level of the on-going and new projects in various states in the Niger Delta region.

He reiterated the need for the Ministry to always take input from both the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Niger Delta, in preparing the Ministry's budget proposals in a bid to reduce to the bearest minimum, Legislative and Executive Friction in budget passage exercise.

Marshall Gundu 
Director PRESS
1st November, 2018

Report on the 3rd National Council on Niger Delta Held at the International Conference Centre, Ogurube New Layout, Umuahia, Abia State Monday 23rd – Friday 27th July, 2018

Executive Summary

The 3rd National Council on Niger Delta (NCND) meeting was held at the International Conference Center, Ogurube New Layout, Umuahia, Abia State, from 23rd to 27th July, 2018. The meeting was declared open by the Honourable Minister, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani. The theme of the meeting was “Fostering Synergy and Institutional Coordination for Development in the Niger Delta Region.” Fifty-Three (53) members drawn from the nine (9) States of the Niger Delta Region, relevant Federal and States Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), representatives of Development Partners, Civil Society Organization (CSOs) and International Oil Companies (IOCs), attended the meeting.

The 3rd Meeting of the National Council on Niger Delta was preceded by the Technical Session and Meeting of Officials which was attended by delegates (officials of State line ministries/agencies) from the nine States of the region, development partners, NGOs, Youth Organisations, invited resource persons and the delegation of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

The Technical Session was declared open by the Governor of Abia State Government, His Excellency, Okezie Ikpeazu (Ph.D), who was represented by the Deputy Governor of the State, Rt. Hon. Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, and was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla. The Technical Session received and evaluated 34 memoranda while 27 were recommended for consideration and approval by the Council. Six (6) papers on critical subjects relating to the theme of the meeting were presented and discussed at the plenary session.

The Technical Session commenced with the presentation of thematic papers by invited resource persons. These were:

i. Reworking Development in the Niger Delta Region: Prospects and Retrospects by Dr. Ochi C. Achinuvu, OON;

ii. Oil Exploitation and Climate Change Impact on the Niger Delta Region by Dr. Ferdinard D. Giadom;

iii. Capacity and Sustainable Development: Developing Capital Capacity as an Empowering Strategy for Youth and other Vulnerable Groups in the Niger Delta Region by Dr. Ben Irikefe, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria;

iv. Harmonization and Coordinating Synergy in Tracking Development in the Niger Delta Region: Strategies to Deliver Development Results by Dr. Charles Achodo, Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister of State (Petroleum);

v. Agric-Preneurship Development as a Sustainable Empowerment Strategy in the Niger Delta Region by Prof. Olukayode Ogunsanwo, University of Ibadan; and

vi. Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation Platforms and System as a Mechanism for Sustaining Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan in the Niger Delta Region by Dr. Lawal Zakari, mni, National Planning Commission.

These papers were discussed and considered by syndicate groups and resolutions adopted at plenary. 34 memoranda were presented and considered by the Technical Committee. The breakdown of the conclusions of the Technical Committee were as follows:

 S/N  Decision  No of Memos
 1.  Total No. of Memos considered  34
 2.  Memos Recommended to Council  27
 3.  Memos Consolidated into another Memo  4
 4  Memos Stepped Down  4

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