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Akpabio tasks Niger Delta communities on protection, maintenance of projects

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Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has urged communities in the region to protect and maintain projects sited in their domains for government to continue giving them more development.

He gave the charge during the commissioning and handing over of projects constructed by the ministry.

Akpabio, who commissioned the youth corps members’ quarters and viewing centre at Koroma Tai, Rivers State and rehabilitated a block of five classrooms in Tombia, Bayelsa State, on Wednesday, said the projects were some of the interventions of the ministry in the region.

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The minister, who was represented by Ephraim Brigid of the Housing and Urban Development Department of the ministry, described the youth corps quarters and viewing centre, as some of the gains and achievements of the President Mohammadu Buhari’s change agenda.

He disclosed that the Niger Delta region should expect more intervention projects, as soon as the 2022 appropriation bill is passed.

Akpabio sad it was heartwarming to note that all aspects of the project were awarded to indigenous contractors to enable the community to benefit through provision of employment opportunities.

In Tombia, the minister, who was represented by a director in the ministry, Sabo Adamu, said the ministry believe that improving the quality of education could reduce poverty by as much as 30 per cent, hence the intervention in the education sector.

“Among the interventions the ministry embarked upon in the education sector were the construction and equipping of classroom blocks, libraries, laboratories, CBT centres, as aell as provision of computers and ICT facilities,” he said.

Earlier, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Babayo Ardo, said the facility was one of the many projects being developed by the ministry in each of the nine Niger Delta States.

Chairman of Tai Council, Friday Mbakpone, stated that corps members play important role in the community, school and offices and commended the ministry for providing comfort to the youth.

He pledged the ministry’s readiness to collaborate with any public and private organisations that want to provide some comfort for the corps members.

Mbakpone, however, enjoined the corps members to maintain the lodge, bearing in mind that other corps members would use the quarters after the end of their service.

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