….Says No New Contract Has Been Awarded Since He Assume Office
As part of measures to support the security infrastructure, sustain peace and socio-economic development within the Niger Delta region.
The Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Senator Godswill Akpabio, says preparations are in top gear to invite the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other stakeholders to the inauguration of the ‘Special Operations Unit of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
According to a statement made available to journalists by the Director Press & Public Relations MNDA, Deworitshe Patricia, The Minister stated this when he received the National Secretary of the Interim Caretaker Committee of the APC, Sen. Akpan James Udohedehen, Wednesday in his office, in Abuja.
Sen. Akpabio who expressed his believe on party supremacy, said: “We recognize the fact that without the presence of the party, the Ministers, Governor’s and other political office stakeholders would not be where they are today. So all of us are subject to the party and we must do everything to support the party.
According to former Governor of Akwa Ibom, State: “We have not given out one single contract since we came on board, but we have meticulously worked on old contracts which we believe will be useful to the people.
As we speak, seventy-three (73) roads have been completed, some dated back to 2003, 2005, 2006.
The contractors simply went back to site, all because Mr. President instituted the forensic auditing exercise of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to reinforce accountability in governance.
As at today, the Ministry have submitted the second Interim report of the forensic audit to the presidency in this regard”.
“The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry has also furnished me with the report of 39 projects that are ready for commission, some of them with Skills Acquisition Centers in Akwa-Ibom, Imo and Ondo States.
In addition, we have identified a 132KVA Power Station which was abandoned in the last 14 years. This will be revived within the next four months to generate and supply light to 14 communities in Ondo State”.
In his remarks, the Hon. Minister of State, MNDA, Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura commended the APC National Secretary, for all the wonderful job the Committee has been doing for the party. Reiterating that the Party leadership should continue to promote peace for the Party to move forward.
On his part, the Interim National Secretary of the APC, Sen. Akpan James Udohedehen explained that the purpose of his visit is to appreciate and reciprocate the visit of the Minister, Sen. Godswill Akpabio to the party Secretariat.
According to the National Secretary of the APC, the Interim National Chairman, Rt. Hon. Mai Mala Buni is a rear gem whose disposition on things within the party has brought unprecedented moments to the party in gaining more ground.
While commenting on the trending issues of insecurity in the country, Sen. Udohedehen noted that insecurity is not a laughable matter and no serious, responsible government can go against its citizens or itself. So it is either that the perpetrators of this act are criminals or are being sponsored to undermine the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“One of the mandate of the Interim National Caretaker Committee of the party is to make peace among the membership and leadership of the party. Therefore, the visits will further strengthen our relationship. We thank you for doing what you did, because you have helped us to achieve one of our cardinal mandate to bring peace to every State. To do these leaders must come together and it will be on record that Akwa-Ibom has achieved this peace through your humility”, he said.
- PIX L-R: The Interim National Secretary, APC, Sen. Akpan Jame Udohedehen and the Honourable Minister, MNDA, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, during the courtesy visit of the APC leader to the Ministry.
- Pix L-R: The Honourable Minister of State, MNDA, Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura, APC, Interim National Secretary, Sen. Udohedehen and the Honourable Minister, MNDA, Senator Godswill Akpabio, in a group photography.