Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has affirmed that since his assumption of duty in August 2019 at the Ministry, a lot has been achieved, including completing major ongoing projects despite the challenges of Covid-19 and limited funds.
The minister who stated this during a press briefing yesterday in Abuja to appraise the achievements of the ministry and unveil further plans to drive development in the region noted that the ministry has worked assiduously to ensure the completion of the 13 and 8-story buildings of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC headquarters which will be commissioned soon in February.
Akpabio assured that the ministry is undertaking pre-emptive steps to development concerns in the Niger Delta region, adding that the management has considered a plethora of issues bordering on issues of development and underdevelopment, minimizing issues of corruption in NDDC, Ogoni clean-up, peace and security, completion of East-West road, encouraging Foreign Direct Investment, engaging Public-Private Partnership to complete some ongoing projects and alternatives source of funding.
“The Ministry at its first Management Meeting held on 11th January 2021, took a review of our activities for 2020 by reassessing the projects and programs that we have embarked on so far, based on our budgetary provision and also evolved a work plan for this year 2021 going forward, setting timelines for ourselves,” he said.
The minister gave a rundown of 52 other projects across the region that are ready for commissioning, with emphasis on the skill acquisition center at Agadagba in Ondo state with 38 buildings, which would be handed over to Federal Polytechnic Ile Oluji, subject to Presidential approval.
He added that the upcoming Train 7 of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, would benefit from the Under Water Welding Facility at Ibeno in Akwa Ibom state.
Some of the completed projects as listed include: Construction of Cassava Plant Processing Plant at Usugbene Irrua, Edo State; Construction of Health Centre, Amauzari Community, Isiala Mbano, LGA, Imo State; Construction and Furnishing of Health Centre, at Odi, Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA, Bayelsa State; Land Reclamation/Erosion Control Works at Nsit Attai LGA, Akwa Ibom State.
Others are Construction of Health Centre, at Eworkpe, Emede, Isoko South LGA, Delta State; Construction of Umudike-Umueze-Umuoyere Road Project, (Phase 1) River State; Construction of Mini Water Works at Ikot Effiong, Effiong Village, Akasoko Clan (Idundu/Anyanganse Ward) Akpabuyo LGA, Cross River; Construction of Boreholes and Reticulation in Ndulu-Amaoba, Oboro Water Project, Ikwuano LGA, Abia State.
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