Since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power on May 29, 2015, it has been an era dedicated to the improvement of the welfare of the people of the oil-bearing Niger Delta. With nimble steps, using foot soldiers such as the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Niger Delta Usani Uguru Usani, Nsima Ekere, former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dakuku Peterside, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Senator Victor Ndoma Egba, former chairman of the Commission, and Nelson Brambaifa, a professor and Acting Chairman of the Commission, he has embarked on delivering quick-win projects as spring-board.
The development has seen the team play significant roles through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in the construction of blocks of six classrooms in the nine States and Health Centres in four states (Cross-River, Delta, Ondo and Rivers States) as conceptualised by the ministry’s Department of Housing and Urban Development in pursuance of its statutory mandate to develop and improve the lives of the people of the Niger Delta Region through provision of infrastructure.
The scope of works for the construction of Block of Classrooms included six (6) classrooms Principal/
Head Teacher’s Office Staff room, stores, conveniences ‘for Staff and Students, a generating set and drilling of borehole and surface/overhead water storage.
The scope of construction of Health Centres also includes one block health centre building, gatehouse and perimeter fence, generator house, generating set, drilling of borehole and surface/ overhead water storage.
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is also helping in reviving the communities with the completion of life-changing projects. Through the Commission’s 4R initiative defined by restructuring the balance sheet, reforming the governance protocols, restoring the core mandate, and reaffirming commitment to doing what is right and proper, there has been a sea change in
performance and projects delivery.
The Federal Government has not lost any steam in its implementation of programmes and projects aimed to give authentic sense of belonging to the people of the region. Just recently, the take-off of the Maritime University in Delta State, Ogoni Clean-up, and approval of modular refineries were named as some of its achievements in Niger Delta, adding that the continuation of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), and investments in infrastructure and others, were in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision in Niger Delta.
The government further buttressed this with the explanation that Buhari’s Niger Delta New Vision
(NDNV) was designed to develop a prosperous Niger Delta through partnerships with states, the
private sector and local communities.
Mr. Arukaino Umukoro, Special assistant to the President (Communication Projects/Niger Delta), Office of the Vice-President, said in a statement that the projects underscored the government’s renewed zeal to correct wrongs of the past in the oil-producing region.
His word: “President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had approved an increase in the takeoff grant for the Maritime University from the N2 billion earlier announced to N5 billion.”
According to the statement, training of Ogoni graduates in Environmental Sciences to develop capacity for the clean-up, and the demonstration of technologies in some oil-impacted areas in Ogoniland – Bodo, K-Dere, B-Dere, Korokoro, Kwawa, Nsisioken were among the projects.
These only constitute some of the numerous achievements of the team that have positively touched lives and endeared their principal to the hearts of the people of the region.