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Gov Otti Wants Niger Delta Ministry, NDDC To Mobilise Contractors Back To Sites

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Gov. Otti with the Minister during the visit to Abia

Dr. Alex Otti, Governor of Abia State, has asked the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to return contractors to the site to complete abandoned projects being carried out by the ministry and agencies throughout the state.

The Governor spoke on Wednesday while receiving the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Engr. Abubakar Momoh, and his team, who came to Abia to inspect road and other Ministry and NDDC projects.

Otti, in a statement issued by Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, attributed the primary reason for abandoned NDDC projects to outstanding debts owed contractors and urged the Minister to assist in resolving payment issues.

“Abia State is a major beneficiary of abandoned NDDC projects, and there is one, just around here (in Isialangwa South) that goes all the way to the Expressway. The reason for abandonment was that they (the contractors) were being owed, since 2018.

“I am sure that the details can be provided for you to get them to come back to work.

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“There are others around Umuahia, around Aba, and if we can get them to come back to work, I would really appreciate it, but the major issue is about payment.

“Sometimes in the past, it was like a herculean task to get paid when handling NDDC project, so if you can look into it, you can get alot of the projects that were abandoned back to life,” Governor Otti said.

The Governor emphasised the importance of both the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC to Abia State. He expressed his appreciation to the Minister for visiting Abia to see things for himself.

“I want to say that Niger Delta Ministry and of course the Niger Delta Development Commission, both of them are very important to us because these are two institutions that represent us at the same time even though we own one, that is the NDDC but the ministry we do not own.

“You also chose to inspect the road projects under you and under the NDDC, so we are quite pleased. These agencies are very important to us as interventionist in the normal course of the business of governance. The truth is that any road done by either the ministry or agency under you is a plus to the state and we will not go back to it,” the Governor said.

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Earlier in his speech, the Minister said he and his team were in Abia to inspect projects by the ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC.

He lauded Governor Otti for the huge infrastructural development and improved security situation witnessed in Abia within a short period of his assumption of office, and appealed to him to continue to make peace in the state and region a top priority for economic prosperity of the people.

He said the Ministry of Niger Delta is not in competition with the NDDC states but would collaborate with them to achieve meaningful development, adding that there should be a robust relationship between the two to achieve results.

“Your Excellency, you’re one person that everybody loves because when the issue of visiting your state was mentioned there was no dissenting voice. I was surprised that the Hon. Minister from this state (Abia) from the other side of the political spectrum (opposition party) agreed with the president. I think you’re generally loved by the people.

“From afar, we have also witnessed your developmental strides, I was reading recently and saw that less than a year that you came onboard, 10 major road projects have been executed in the state,” the Minister noted.

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Hon. Dimbiagwu Okechukwu, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Affairs; his Project Monitoring counterpart, Hon. Obi Aguocha; Dr. Shuaib Belgore, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs; and many others were among those in attendance.

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Gov Otti Lectures At Johns Hopkins University 

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Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti,  will be speaking live at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Affairs (SAIS) in a few hours from now.

He will be speaking on the topic: State Governance and Economic Transitions: Meeting the Challenges.

Programme Details:
Friday, April 19, 2024
4:30 – 6:00 pm (starting 9.15 pm Nigerian time)
JHU Bloomberg Center – Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001

According to a terse statement from Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, this is a FREE event but registration is required. Please go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-governance-and-economic-transitions-meeting-the-challenges-tickets-881031257207?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

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Nigerian Government Restates Commitment To Provision Of Affordable Housing For Civil Servants

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The Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to provide affordable housing for civil servants through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation’s(OHCSF) Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme, in line with pillar six of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation plan 2021-2025 (FCCSIP-25).

Dr. Folasade Yemi Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF), disclosed this during a site inspection of the ongoing construction of 116 housing units of two-bedroom semi-detached bungalows at Gwagwalada to be allocated to core civil servants upon completion.

Yemi-Esan called on all contractors involved in making the Estate habitable to expedite action on the provision of electricity, water and internal road network in the housing estate.

The Estate, which is fully funded by the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB) and being constructed, in partnership with some Real Estate Developers, is projected to be commissioned in June as part of activities to mark the 2024 Civil Service Week.

Ibrahim Mairiga, Executive Secretary of the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB), revealed that two developers have already completed and handed over their buildings to the Board.

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The commissioning of the FISH Estate, he said, will be a testament to the present administration’s pledge towards improving the welfare and well-being of civil servants, in tandem with its Strategic Plan.

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Obi’s Philanthropy,  Charity Work Predate His Politics, Says Media Office

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The Peter Obi Media Reach (POMR) wishes to inform the public of a new orchestrated plan to blackmail Peter Obi, the 2023 Labour Party Presidential Candidate, by linking him to frivolous, malicious, and unsubstantiated allegations of engaging in religious politics.

POMR is aware that some persons operating under the guise of civil society, and non-governmental organizations but acting at the behest of some powerful political interests have been deployed to petition and accuse Peter Obi of playing religious politics.

The aim is to malign Mr Obi’s purely altruistic motives in supporting underprivileged Nigerians of all faiths.

The ploy is to erroneously claim that he goes to religious places to carry out political campaigns off-season.

We should ordinarily ignore such mischievous ploys as they are only intended to distract attention from Mr Obi’s patriotic and compassionate position.

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For the avoidance of doubt and the protection of the gullible in our midst, it has become imperative to restate the truth and the facts.

Peter Obi understands fully the constitutional dictates of separation of church/mosque and state and that Nigeria is an undisputed secular state.

Nonetheless, his primary concern in and out of public office has always been to pursue the welfare of the underprivileged in society whom he believes should have a better life given the abundant human and natural resources bestowed on this country by God.

His acts of philanthropy and altruism transcend politics and religion.

The organizations that oversee the two dominant religions in the country, Islam and Christianity by their doctrines and concepts of charity are closer to the poor in our midst and naturally attract the generosity of kind hearts like Mr. Peter Obi.

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Peter Obi’s visit to Churches and Mosques is purely prompted by his urge to help the less privileged and has nothing to do with political campaigns.
In these places, Obi had given messages of hope to lift the spirit of the downtrodden. He hastily and never talked about politics, abused anybody or indulged in name-calling.

For instance during the Ramadan period, Obi visited some praying centres in the North and South breaking fast with Muslim faiths and dolling some items to help ameliorate their sufferings and even went further to provide basic amenities such as water in some communities.

Similarly, he also visited some churches during the Christian Holy Week and celebrated Easter with prisoners and in all he delivered a message of hope to the people.

What remains an undisputed fact, is that Peter Obi’s charity work predates politics and he would never be intimidated to change this personal disposition, which he believes is an assignment for him from his creator.

We, therefore, urge the public to ignore any insinuations of co-mingling politics and religion; and see them as a grand design to limit Mr. Obi’s freedom of movement and citizenship welfare action.

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Narrow-minded political agents are only embarrassed that Mr Obi’s transparent patriotism and compassionate commitment to the common good of all Nigerians have been self-evident.

Through these visits and acts of undivided fellowship with all Nigerians, Mr. Has come across as Nigeria’s foremost patriot and change agent.

His visits to the places where Nigerians feel the hurt, he is exposing the to enormity of unmet needs and unfulfilled promises across the nation as well as the acute failure of our selfish national elite in addressing proactively the needs of the underprivileged in our society. Obi’s preoccupation now is with the poor not politics.

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