By Emmanuel Obisue
Minister of Niger Delta Development, Engr. Abubakar Momoh, has bagged the Award of Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) for his contributions to the field of engineering and administration in Nigeria.
Speaking to journalists by the sidelines of the Investiture Ceremony of his NSE fellowship on Tuesday, Momoh said the “recognition from our professional colleagues” is an “indication that the efforts one has put in place in the past, has been recognized”.
On what he will do if engineers/contractors don’t give their best in delivering construction projects in the Niger Delta region, he said his administration will “continue to push, and interface with other agencies, ministries”.
He added that the recognition will spur him to do more, “particularly when we now find ourselves in the Niger Delta Ministry”. “We will also collaborate with the Nigeria Society of Engineers in order to mitigate the effects of climate change in the region,” he added.
While noting that the Ministry of Niger Delta Development, MNDD, is more of an interventionist agency, he noted that the MNDD will continue to interact with other ministries “because most of the activities of the ministry are domiciled in other ministries. We intend to work together to ensure that the Niger Delta is better for all”.
“As an engineer, I expect those handling our projects at the ministry to give us the best because that’s what the people of Niger Delta and Nigerians deserve. We will also interface with other agencies and other ministries who have one thing or the other to do in the Niger Delta – being an interventionist ministry, we have to intervene in so many areas and in collaboration with so many ministries because most of the activities of the ministry are also domiciled in other ministries and agencies.
“For instance, if you talk in terms of road network, the ministry of works is there. If you’re talking in terms of youth restiveness, the presidential amnesty program is there. If you’re talking in terms of blue economy, which of course traverses the entire Niger Delta region, the ministry is there – we intend to work together and in collaboration make sure they the region is better for it,” the minister said.
Momoh who holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, was among those conferred with fellowship, while an Honorary Fellowship was also bestowed upon Nigeria’s Vice President, Kashim Shettima.