The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA) Godswill Akpabio, has appealed to the indigenes of Koroma Tai Community to be dedicated to the protection and maintenance of the Youth Corps members’ Lodge and Viewing Centre located in their community in order to attract more developmental projects to the area.
According to a statement by the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Deworitshe Patricia, the minister made the appeal during the commissioning/handing of the projects by the ministry in Tai Local government Area of Rivers State.
TheFact Nigeria reports that the Youth Corps members’ Lodge and Viewing Centre was part of the gains and achievements recorded under the ‘change agenda’ of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The senator who was represented by Ephraim Brigid, a Management Staff in Housing and Urban Development Department of the Ministry, disclosed that the Niger Delta Region should expect more intervention projects as soon as the 2022 appropriation bill is passed.
According to him “this commissioning is only the beginning, the Ministry is passionately seeking better and faster ways of delivering on its Mandate. We have noted and learnt many lessons from the development of this project and will factor this into future projects.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babayo Ardo, in his welcome address stated that the facilities are among the many projects being developed by the Ministry in each of the nine Niger Delta States.
Ardo stated that history is made, “as this is the first youth corps’ members’ Lodge to be commissioned by the MNDA in Rivers State. It is therefore one of the concrete example of the commitment and legacy of this administration.”
The Local Government Chairman, Tai LGA, Sir Hon. Friday Mbakpone stated that corps members play important roles in the community, school and offices and commended MNDA for providing comfort to the youth.
He pledged the readiness of his office to collaborate with any Organisation (public and private) that want to provide some level of comfort for corps members.
In a related development, the Minister, while Commissioning the Community Primary School, Tombia in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, stated that modern economy is Knowledge driven and the Niger Delta Region need to be carried along, referring to findings in UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report which stated that poverty is directly connected to poor quality education and improvement in the quality of education can reduce poverty to as much as 30 percent.
The Minister, who was represented by the Director, Community Development and Education (CDE) Department, MNDA, Sabo Adamu, stated that the Ministry serves as a primary vehicle to drive Federal Government’s intervention to fast-track socio-economic development in Niger Delta region.
He stated that the Ministry has made considerable progress in the area of infrastructure development, environmental remediation, human capital development and maintenance of peace and security for sustainable development.
The former Governor however noted that the transformation of the Niger Delta Region cannot be achieved by just the Federal Government or any individual institution or Agency but through effective collaboration with stakeholders. The Minister then expressed optimism that the completed structures would improve the peoples’ quality of life in Niger Delta Region.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Education Hon. Gentle Emela, represented by the Director, Human Resources Management of Bayelsa State, Ministry of Education, in his speech commended the Ministry for taking up task believed to be the responsibility of State Ministry of Education in building the structure great consideration to the terrain as flood prone area.