Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro has appealed to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to speed up completion of all ongoing and abandoned projects in the region, so as to add value to the developmental life of the people.
The Deputy Governor made the appeal on Thursday, April 27, 2016, in Asaba, when he received the Honourable Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola who paid him a courtesy visit during his projects inspection tour in Delta State.
Barr. Otuaro lamented the slowed down pace to the target completion date of most projects designed to develop the region and urged the Ministry to improve efforts in completing the projects that would uplift the people.
He further disclosed that the State Government’s SMART Agenda has a monitoring team which provides adequate feedback on all the sectors of the administration and assists government in tracking areas that require greater attention, with the objective of adding value to the lives of the people and ensuring the provision of more dividends of democracy across the state.
In his remarks, the Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Omoleye Daramola noted that the place of Delta State in the struggle for justice for the people of Niger Delta Region before now, cannot be over emphasized, adding that the desire to address the developmental needs of the Niger Delta people was the primary consideration for the setting up of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affair by the Federal Government.
“This apparently informed the creation of this interventionist Ministry in 2009 to address the developmental challenges facing the people of the Region and the subsequent proclamation of the Amnesty for ex militants in the Region” Prof. Daramola stated.
He assured the Delta State Deputy Governor that the current policy in place is a complete departure from the past, as the ministry intends to involve all stakeholders in project identification, formulation and execution to ensure their buy-in, even as he added that this was the only way to avoid incessant stoppage of work, due to some unwholesome activities of the youths and community leaders in the Region.
Prof. Daramola then disclosed that the Ministry had over forty ongoing projects covering a wide range of communities within Delta State alone, including land reclamation and shoreline protection, erosion control and canalization, sand filling and dredging projects, as well as skill acquisition centers, Housing schemes, Management training for some ex- agitators, dualization of the East/West road (Warri/Kaiama) roads, construction of cassava processing plants and fish farming ventures, amongst others.
On hand, with the Deputy Governor, to receive the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, were top Delta State Government officials including, Rt. Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Patrick Origho, Delta State Head of Service, Prof. Sylvester Monye, Special Adviser to the Delta State Government on Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Patrick Ukah, Delta State Commissioner for Information, Comrade Mike okeme, Special Adviser to the Delta State Government on Labour Relations and Senator Emmanuel Aguariawhodo, Special Adviser to the Delta State Government on Infrastructure and Housing Development.
Reported by Abel John-Gold Orheruata