Audit of Niger Delta projects yielding results, says ex-minister
Erstwhile Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, yesterday said the technical audit report on projects in the ministry sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was yielding results, as some of the contractors had returned to site.
Speaking at a valedictory session in Abuja, he urged a committed desk officer to follow up on the assignment for better outcomes. He stressed the need for proper documentation of files for easy retrieval.
The ex-minister noted that there was a high level of harmony in the ministry, adding that there had never been issues that were not resolved within 24 hours. Usani lauded his partner and Minister of State in the ministry, Professor Claudius Omoleye Daramola, for a cordial working relationship.
He also commended the Permanent Secretary, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, directors and staff for their support and advice during their tenure. Usani said when the Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP) for the development of the oil-rich region, initiated by the ministry, becomes operational, there would be rapid development of the area without project duplication and wastage.Earlier, Daramola expressed his gratitude to Usani for his commitment to develop the human capacity development in the Niger Delta, especially the training of youths and women to address youth restiveness and insecurity in the zone.
He counselled that the training should be sustained while attention should also be given to the welfare of the senior citizens in the area. Bisalla, on his part, congratulated the outgone ministers for their stellar stewardship.
He, however, noted that one of the challenges of the ministry was operating from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which limits direct contact with the people of the region. He sought the assistance of the pair in that regard to serve the inhabitants better.