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Godswill Akpabio sign billion naira project


The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, on Sunday inaugurated erosion control project at Ibiaku and Nduetong Oku communities in Uruan and Uyo Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Akwa Ibom.

The N1. 69 billion project was initiated in 2018.

Speaking at the inauguration, Akpabio said that it was one of the 18 ecological intervention projects approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in the first quarter of 2018.


He commended the president for intervening in the area, noting that the project would stabilise the socio-economic wellbeing in the two communities.

“I have no doubt in my mind that this Federal Government intervention will bring a huge relief to these communities which have for a long time been stressed by this ecological challenge.


“The current administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has shown commitment to tackling environmental problems in rural areas across the country,’’ he said.

The minister called on Akwa Ibom people to continue to support to the federal government to deliver its electioneering promises.


Mr Nwachukwu Nwachukwu, a Deputy Director in the Ecological Fund Office, said that the project would help to arrest the continuous erosion and flood in the communities.

Represented by Dr Habiba Lawal, the Permanent Secretary in the office, Nwachukwu urged residents of the communities to protect the project.


He also urged them to refrain from dumping waste in drainage and stop all forms of mining near the project.

In his remarks, Sen. Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, thanked the president for the project.


Enang said that apart from solving the environmental challenges affecting the area, the project had created jobs for youths of the area.

Obong Aniefiok Samuel, the Chairman of Ndueotong LGA, noted that steep gully had almost cut off the council from neighbouring community in Uruan council.

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio

Samuel also noted that erosion almost sunk the famous EKASUS Secondary and Technical College before the federal government intervened.

“The gully erosion made it impossible for the people of Ibiaku Uruan to access their community through this road,’’ he said.


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NDDC abandoned projects: Edo state rank highest – Obaseki.

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has maintained that his administration is strongly in support of the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari for a forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), noting that the state ranks highest in the commission’s abandoned project list.

Obaseki said this when he received the acting Managing Director of NDDC, Dr. Gbene Joi Nunieh, with other members of the Interim Management Committee (IMC), who were on a courtesy visit at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

The governor also frowned at the top-to-bottom governance arrangement of the NDDC, adding that it can’t develop the region, stressing that the commission’s defaulting contractors must be jailed.

“To resolve the issue of corruption in NDDC, people must go to jail. Those who supervised and managed these contracts and every other person found culpable must be made to face the law,” he said.

Governor Obaseki, who congratulated the commission’s boss on her appointment, assured that his administration will work with the new NDDC management to ensure it meets its goals.

“The NDDC has not been fair to Edo State as we have more abandoned projects in the state than other states. We are disappointed with the old management and board of NDDC. We insist on the forensic audit to ensure such doesn’t happen again. I hope that with the new acting MD, we would begin to do the right thing and move the region forward.”

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Obaseki continued, “The truth is that the governance arrangement of NDDC from top to bottom can’t develop the region. Its DNA is corruption. We see how NDDC contracts are traded and how much premium are paid on the contracts.

Obaseki thanked the new MD for pushing for the Advisory Council Meeting of Governors in the nine states, scheduled to hold in January 2020.

In her response, Dr. Nunieh said the commission was in the state to inspect some of the roads and projects the NDDC listed as completed, abandoned, failed and on-going.

She noted, “President Muhammad Buhari has ordered for a forensic audit to commence and we have gotten documents ready and the process will start in January 2020”.

The NDDC boss said most of NDDC contractors have failed because they got multiple contracts from various sources, adding, “Since commencement of its intervention in Edo State, the NDDC has embarked on 738 infrastructural conventional projects valued at over N118 billion. Of these, 48 valued at N36.6 billion, are reported as on-going or abandoned.”

The high point of the visit was the unveiling of the equipment donated by NDDC to Edo State Government. The items donated include two Toyota ambulances; Lassa fever protective kits; cold chain facility to store vaccines; 2,000 units of personnel protective kits and drugs for Irrua Specialist Hospital, and Science Laboratory tools for secondary schools as well as four sewage trucks.

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SERAP: Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed Sued For Failed $460m Abuja CCTV project.

SERAP sues minister, seeks information on failed $460m Abuja CCTV project
A rights organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, to a Federal High Court in Abuja, over her refusal to provide information on how the $460 million loan obtained in 2010 from China to fund the failed Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) project was expended.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1447/2019, SERAP contended that the minister has no legally justifiable reason not to heed its Freedom of Information (FOI) request of October 25, regarding the identities of contractors involved in the failed project as well as the reason behind Federal Government’s continuous repayment of the loan.

It noted that transparency in the spending of Chinese loans is good for everyone, as this would help to increase the effectiveness, legitimacy, and contribution of the loans to the development of public goods and services, and the general public interests.
The organisation further argued that the information being requested for does not come within the purview of the types of information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

“Democracy cannot flourish if governments operate in secrecy. The citizens are entitled to know how the commonwealth is being utilized, managed and administered in a democratic setting.

“By the combined provisions of Sections 1; 2; 3(4); 4; 7(1)&(5); 9; 14(2)(b); 19(2); 20 of the FoI Act, 2011, among other provisions; SERAP’s right of access to information is guaranteed and there is a statutory obligation on the minister, being public officer, to proactively keep, organize and maintain all information or records about her ministry’s operations, personnel, activities and other relevant or related information or records in a manner that facilitates public access to such information or recor

“By virtue of Section 4 (a) of the FOI Act, when a person makes a request for information from a public official, institution or agency, the public official, institution or agency to whom the application is directed is under a binding legal obligation to provide the applicant with the information requested for, except as otherwise provided by the Act, within seven days after the application is received.

“The minister is an appointee of the President of Nigeria and Head of the Ministry of Finance. Her official duties include; collecting and disbursing government revenue, formulating policies on management of the Federal Government’s finance, preparing annual budget and accounts for ministries, departments and agencies and managing federal debt.

“Obedience to the rule of law by all citizens but more particularly those who publicly took oath of office to protect and preserve the constitution is a desideratum to good governance and respect for the rule of law. In a democratic society, this is meant to be a norm; it is an apostasy for government to ignore the provisions of the law and the necessary rules to regulate matters,” SERAP argued further.

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UNIPORT student commits suicide after concluding final project..

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A final year student of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) identified as Prince Digbani reportedly committed suicide at his off-campus apartment in Aluu on Monday November 25.

The department of electrical engineering student was reportedly advised against committing suicide after hinting about it while telling his friends that “he doesn’t feel fulfilled”.

Friends of the native of Bille in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State rushed down to his apartment after he failed to pick his calls after sharing suicidal posts on his Whatsapp status.

UNIPORT final year student commits suicide after concluding his project

The deceased who was given red oil to drink by his co-tenants who found him convulsing upon breaking down his door after hearing a loud noise, was pronounced dead at Lulu-Briggs medical centre where he was subsequently rushed to. It was gathered that he took a poisonous substance.

Digbani’s corpse was deposited at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Mortuary after his relatives were contacted.

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