Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, over the weekend said the Federal Government of President Mohammadu Buhari has made more progress in the provisions of infrastructural development within three years in office than the sixteen years of the Peoples’ Democratic Party PDP administration.
The minister made this disclosure in Ogoja where the ministry handed over an ultra modern town hall building and solar powered borehole to the Ishibori community of Cross River State.
Usani, who explained that since he came on board, all projects in the Niger Delta Ministry or the NDDC have been based on request by the people, a development he attributed to the reason the people came to celebrate the handing over of the projects.
The Minister hinted that contractors have commenced work at some of the critical abandoned projects scattered across the nine states of the region in the last 15 years.
Some of the community members, who could not hide their joy seeing the completion of the projects within one year of flag off, said Ogoja people have been asking for the two projects in the last 30 years without attention from the previous government.
The Minister sued for cooperation among the youths and elders for development to thrive, stressing that five communities of Abakpa, Mfum, Ugaga,Igede, and Ishibori are the direct beneficiaries of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
Usani said over “427 intervention projects were meant for the nine oil producing states of Abia, Akwa, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ondo, Edo, Imo, Rivers”.
According to the distribution of capital projects, contracts were awarded for canalisation, electricity, food and cassava processing plants, housing schemes, land reclamation/shoreline protection, rehabilitation/remediation of oil-impacted sites, roads, skill acquisition centres and water scheme
In his welcome address. The Mbeji Amahntol of Ishibori Community said today, it is gratifying that even though the structure has come a long way, the intervention and takeover of the project by the ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, is what has made the Town hall a reality, we commend the government of President Mohammadu Buhari for the timely completion of the 30 years project.