Akpabio Tasks Rivers Community On Protection Of Projects
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has urged the people of Koroma Tai Community, Rivers State to be dedicated to the protection and maintenance of the Youth Corps Members’ Lodge and Viewing Centre located in the community as government compliments the effort.
He made the appeal during the commissioning/handing over of the Lodge and Viewing Centre constructed by the ministry in Koroma Tai Community, Tai Local Government Area of the state.
Akpabio, who was represented by Ephraim Brigid, a management staff in Housing and Urban Development Department of the Ministry, described Lodge and Viewing Centre as one of the gains and achievements recorded under the ‘change agenda’ of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He disclosed that the Niger Delta Region should expect more intervention projects as soon as the 2022 appropriation bill is passed.
Akpabio said: “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, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Babayo Ardo, in his welcome address, said the facility is among the many projects being developed by the ministry in each of the nine Niger Delta states.
He said history is made “as this is the first Youth Corps’ Members’ Lodge to be commissioned by the ministry in Rivers State. It is, therefore, one of the concrete examples of the commitment and legacy of this administration.”
Chairman of Tai Local Government Area, Sir Friday Mbakpone, said corps members play important roles in the community, school and offices and commended the ministry for providing comfort to the youth.
He pledged the readiness of his office to collaborate with any organisation (public and private) that wants 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, said modern economy is knowledge-driven and the Niger Delta Region needed to be carried along.
He said this with reference to findings in UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report which stated that poverty is directly connected to poor quality education and that improvement in the quality of education can reduce poverty to as much as 30 percent.
Akpabio, who was represented by the Director, Community Development and Education (CDE) Department of the Ministry, Sabo Adamu, said the ministry serves as a primary vehicle to drive Federal Government’s intervention to fast-track socio-economic development in Niger Delta region.
He said 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.
Akpabio 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 therefore expressed optimism that the completed structures would improve the quality of lives of the peoples in Niger Delta Region.