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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

Ministry Trains, Empowers another Batch of Niger Deltans

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has trained and empowered another batch of 62 Niger Delta youths and women in soap making and confectionery.

Each participant was given the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300,000.00) as starter pack for the commencement of his/her enterprise.

The graduation ceremony of the two weeks training and empowerment programme took place today in Awka, Anambra State.

While addressing the trainees at the closing ceremony, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor, Dr. Usani Uguru Usani told the participants that the essence of the training was "teaching you how to fish rather than just giving you fish to eat".

The Minister, represented by Mr. Philip Ndiomu, Deputy Director Economic Empowerment in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, advised the trainees to become change agents in the development of the Niger Delta region in particular and the country in general. Pastor Usani advised the beneficiaries to "start small and grow."

The Minister assured that more Niger Deltans would be trained through similar training and empowerment programme from time to time.

One of the training consultant Mr. Nonso Obi commended the trainees for their commitment and seriousness during the training. He advised that they make the best use of the knowledge imparted on them. Mr. Obi thanked the Ministry for giving his company the opportunity to participate in the training programme.

One of the trainees, Ufuoma Okoro thanked the Federal Government and the Consultants for the training and empowerment programme.

Miss Okoro said that the training programme was educative. She said that the participants would pass the acquired Skills to other Youths of the Niger Delta region for meaningful engagements to reduce drug abuse, vandalisation of oil and gas pipelines and other vices.

It could be recalled that last month the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs trained and empowered 335 Niger Delta Youths and Women on Poultry, Fishery, Confectionery, Tiling and Landscaping at Ibadan Oyo State, Benin City, Edo State, and Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Other traning and empowerment programmes of the Ministry are going on in the Niger Delta region.

Signed
Stephen Kilebi, 
Deputy Director, 
Press and Public Relations, 
3rd May, 2019.

Bakassi returnees, Odukpani Women, Youths get Empowerment Packages

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in pursuant of the Federal Government policy on youth employment and income generation has put together a training and empowerment programme to forestall restiveness and create jobs in the Niger Delta Region.

The event took place in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State where 58 women and youths of the Bakassi and Odukpani Local Government Areas of Cross River State, were trained in fishery and poultry.

In his address, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, who was represented by the Director of Economic Empowerment, Mr. Ibrahim Akanya said the programme was put together to support the youths and women who are in need of empowerment. He tasked them on the utilization of the empowerment package they got and said they should count themselves lucky to be selected for the programme. The programme which he said has been on for the past 5 - 6 years had some sad experiences of some trainees who lavished the money given to them and urged them to establish businesses which they had been trained on in the areas of fishery, poultry and other value chain of production like marketing.

The Minister urged them not to depend on the little sum given to them which he called stipend but rather depend on the skills they had acquired, which he said was most important and will remain with them for life if they develop the skills further and move to a very high level.

Utilizing the skills acquired was key, he emphasized and pointed out that some trainees who in the past were serious and developed themselves are now consultants and engaged as resource persons in some of the Ministry’s empowerment programmes.

He implored them to be careful in the utilization of both the knowledge and the stipend given to them.

The trainees expressed joy and happiness over the training programme organized by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, and thanked the government for putting up such for the benefit of the youths of the country.

Speaking on the knowledge and the stipend, one of the participants, Elder Edet Okon said they would put into practice what they had acquired, touch lives also and make good use of the resources given to them. But he appealed to the Ministry that the empowerment programme should not stop but continue as it will help the youths more. He advised that the starter pack be reviewed upward in subsequent training programmes.

Each trainee was given the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300,000.00) as starter pack. The duration of the training programme was two weeks.

Stephen Kilebi, 
Deputy Director, 
Press & Public Relations, 
30th April, 2019.

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