Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has conveyed the Federal Government’s commitment to redress the inequalities prevalent in the Niger Delta region by improving the quality of life of the people.
This minister who was represented by Philip Ndiomu, Director Economic Empowerment, EED in the ministry, made this remark during the commissioning and handing over of a block of six classrooms at Uwheru Town, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State to the State Government on Tuesday.
He said the construction of the classrooms is one of the Quick Win Intervention Project in 2017 which served as a palliative approach with the goal of improving the quality of life of the people of the Niger Delta Region.
“The construction of a block of classrooms in the Nine (9) states of the region is geared towards making it accessible to the communities, especially the rural areas,” he said.
He added that two other blocks of classrooms are now completed and also being commissioned at Nneise in Imo and Tombia, in the Bayelsa States respectively.
He revealed that all aspects of the construction of the project were awarded to the indigenous and local contractors, noting that the construction process has benefitted the community through the created employment opportunities for the youths of the host and neighboring communities
Akpabio assured that the ministry will continue to give prompt attention to its commitment to the State by commissioning more projects like the construction of the Skill Acquisition Centre in Tuomo Community, which is ongoing and will soon be completed to provide a platform for empowering the youths.
“The facility consists of Headmaster’s office and Teacher’s offices. It is furnished and equipped,” Sen. Akpabio informed.
In his response, the representative of Delta State Government, Dr. Steve Igheghe Esq. Commended the federal government and the ministry for the laudable project. He disclosed that the State Government would give all necessary assistance to sustain the project by assigning teachers to the community before resumption in September.
In a related event, officials of the Niger Delta ministry inspected the completed and equipped Health Centre in Ewrokpe community, Emede, Isoko South LGA of Delta State that was meant to be commissioned and handed over but was rejected by the LGA due to fencing issues amongst others.
The facility consists of consulting rooms, male and female wards, pharmacy and dispensing unit, laboratory treatment, and injection room, offices and store, well-furnished and equipped.
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