The Hon. Minister of State, MNDA inspecting the Skill Acquisition Center at Abaezi-Egbema, Ohaji/Egbema LGA, Imo State
By Ignatius Ushie
Minister of State, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Sharon Ikeazor has expressed the Ministry’s readiness to commission and handover the Skill Acquisition Center at Abaezi-Egbema, Ohaji /Egbema LGA, Imo state to Imo State Government to improve the human development indices of the region.
In a statement made available to Transport Day in Abuja, the Minister made this declaration while addressing journalists during the inspection of the Ministry’s intervention projects at various locations in Imo and Abia States respectively.
Expressing satisfaction at the volume and quality of work at the facility which was designed to provide specialised training in commerce, Ikeazor said that the facility would be commissioned and handed over to the Imo State Government before the end of February 2023 adding that the Polytechnic Nekede has written to the Ministry requesting the use of the facility as one of its campuses.
According to her, “ we are waiting for the approval from the Presidency on that, but at the same time engaging the Imo State Government to see how we can put this to good use immediately”, she said.
Commending the Federal Government for the approval of the projects, the Minister noted that the Ministry is presently collaborating with the State Governments in the Niger Delta region, Critical Stakeholders, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and State Representatives (both state and federal) to ensure that projects are sited based on people’s needs and priorities adding that “the Ministry will be commissioning projects that have laid fallow over time”.
The facility handled by Messrs Thick Engineering Nig. Ltd (Lot 1), Messrs Segos Energy Services Ltd (Lot 2), Messrs Topaz Flaire Nig.. Ltd. (Lot 3) contains Administrative block, Commerce block, ICT block, Conference hall, Ware house, Male and Female hostels, Detached and Semi detached duplexes with Boys quarters, Indoor sports hall among others.
She commended the contractors for keeping the facility safe from being vandalised after 12 years of its completion while the Skill Acquisition Center at Owazza Ukwa East is at 58 per cent completion.
Looking at the number of years the facility had remained moribund, the Minister assured of regular inspection and assessment of projects undertaken by the Ministry to facilitate timely execution, completion, commissioning and handing over of projects to the end users to improve the livelihood of the Niger Delta people, adding that the projects would no doubt aid the Ministry in the delivery of its mandate of improving the lives of the Niger Delta people in line with key priorities of the present administration.
“The Ministry is making relentless efforts in developing the region through the provision of Skill Acquisition Centres, Social Infrastructure, Environmental Protection, Erosion Control, Civic Centers, Empowerment Programmes for the benefit of Niger Deltans ” she further stated.
The projects inspected and commissioned include, the Skill Acquisition Center at Abaezi-Egbema, Ohaji/Egbema L.G.A , Civil Center at Nwaorieubi, Mbaitolu L.G.A, the Commissioning of the Rehabilitated Okuala Igurunta Road in Imo State.
Skill Acquisition Center at Owazza, Ukwa East, Construction of Ntigha Umuopara Amuzu Akanu Ohanze Isiala Road, Umuelem -Leru -Ngada -Lokpanta Road in Umunneochi L.G.A, and Erosion Site at Umuelem Umunneochi L.G.A in Abia State, are at various levels of completion or awaiting commissioning and handing over to the communities.
Speaking at the commissioning of the R
rehabilitated Okuala, Iguruta Road (Phase 1), she said “ in line with the mandate of the Ministry to promote sustainable development, peace and economic prosperity of the Niger Delta region through the development of infrastructure such as good road network, the Federal Executive Council approved the award of the 17.5km roads project (Phase 1)”.
According to her, the road was awarded in phases due to its peculiarities while the other section of the road is being constructed by another tier of government.
Commending the project contractor, Messrs Triacta/Hartland Nig. Ltd for completing the project even with the prevailing challenges Sharon stated that “ the project would benefit the communities by easing the process of moving goods such as farm produce to urban centers/marketers, reduce time and improve riding comfort”.
She maintained that it is “ the desire of government to improve the quality of live of the people by providing such infrastructure and for the people to reciprocate such gestures by protecting government assets situated in their communities”.
The Minister was accompanied by the Honourable Member, House of Representatives, representing Isiukwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency in Abia State, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejiocha.