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Delta Trains 100 Works Engineers For Enhanced Service Delivery

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The Ministry of Works in Delta State has trained about 100 engineers for enhanced service delivery of infrastructure in the state, an official has said.
The Commissioner (Highways and Urban), Mr Reuben Izeze, said this at the closing ceremony of the training held in Irri, Isoko South Local Government Area.
Izeze said the workshop would enable the participants to key into the implementation of the State Government’s “MORE Agenda”.
The commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Fred Edafioghor, said the workshop was designed to equip the ministry engineers with better understanding of engineering skills.
According to him, this will help them to meet with the present day challenges in road construction.
Izeze said the Governor Sheriff Oborevwori led-administration was determined to embark on massive infrastructure development, especially roads.
He said the Governor was poised to open up more urban, rural and riverine towns in the state to ensure accelerated development.
The commissioner said the State Government planned to carry out massive road projects for the greater development of the state.
“The workshop will enable the engineers to brace to the challenges ahead, learn some innovations and be able to overcome such challenges, using knowledge acquired at the workshop.
“The workshop is meant to prepare the engineers for the task ahead, as government expects a lot from them and a better result from the ministry.
“We realise that we need to continue to improve the knowledge and capacity of our engineers to deliver the mandate of the ministry.
“We had about six to seven lectures in all. We also went on site visit.
“I expect better performance and results from my engineers”, Izeze said.
Some of the participants, who spoke to newsmen on the sideline of the ceremony, said their orientation about road construction, especially in swampy and riverine areas, had been broadened.
“This had been a huge challenge for us whenever we had projects in those areas”, they said.
The Deputy Director (Urban), Mr Chris Gberevbie, thanked the commissioners for organising the workshop.
Gberevbie said the engineers had been better informed about certain areas of engineering work that were unknown to them before the training.

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Stakeholders Okay HYPREP’s Performance 

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Stakeholders and industry regulators, have reviewed the activities and performance of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project ( HYPREP) in the second quarter of 2024 and gave the Project a clean bill of health, affirming that it has done excellent and tremendous work to improve the living conditions of the Ogoni people within the period under review.
This is even as they have unanimously fixed their third and fourth quarterly meetings with HYPREP for September 26, 2024 and December 5, 2024 respectively.
This indication came to the fore during the second quarterly stakeholders/ industry regulators meeting organised by HYPREP at Casoni Hotel in Port Harcourt last Thursday.
The former Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Prof Deinibarini Zabbey said in his welcome address that the attendance of the meeting by the key stakeholders and industry regulators is an expression of their commitment to HYPREP’s goals and objectives.
He noted that the quarterly review meeting is a component of HYPREP’s monitoring and evaluation framework, which is crucial, as it brings together key project stakeholders and industry regulators, including representatives from the Federal Ministry of Environment; National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency(NOSDRA); Rivers State Ministry of Environment; Rivers State Ministry of Water Resources; Rivers State Ministry of Health;Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC); Stakeholders Democratic Network (SDN); Centre for Environment Human Rights and Development (CEHRD); AIFES; SWAYA; and other players.
He noted that HYPREP is using the platform to provide an update on the status of its project delivery, saying, “Over the past quarter, we have made significant progress in our remediation efforts and other project thematic areas”.
According to him, key milestones include the ongoing remediation of several land and shoreline sites; mangrove restoration; the construction of the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Restoration; the Ogoni Specialist Hospital; water facilities; and sundry livelihood programmes.
Zabbey said the journey has not been without challenges, adding that “We have encountered logistical hurdles, including malicious cutting of planted mangroves; inter- intra communal land disputes; community leadership tussles; and targeted fence erections that impeded access to contaminated sites.”
He, however, posited that in the face of these odds, HYPREP’s tenacity remains unshaken, as it is more determined than ever to achieve its goals, as it would continue to utilise its conflict prevention and resolution mechanism to resolve the issues, and solicited the continued support and collaboration of the stakeholders to effectively address the challenges and bottlenecks.
The former Project Coordinator said the meeting provides a unique opportunity for the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Rivers State Government, industry regulators, the funding partners, civil society partners and other key stakeholders to provide feedback on HYPREP’s performance, saying, “this platform allows us to align our efforts with regulatory expectations and industry best practices”.
He further indicated that through it, HYPREP welcomes the insights and suggestions on how it can improve its strategies, processes, enhance compliance and achieve its project goals more effectively and within stated timelines, saying, “your insights and evaluations will guide our strategic adjustments and shape our future direction, ensuring we remain on the right path toward achieving our remediation, livelihood, peacebuilding and other project objectives”.
Zabbey also hinted that HYPREP is reviewing site assessment and stakeholder engagement strategies for optimum results and intensifying its community engagement initiatives, by ensuring that the Ogoni communities are informed and actively participating in the Project.
According to him, this includes training programmes for youth, enhancing their skills in sustainable livelihoods and environmental management, and providing inclusive employment opportunities.
“Community content has become part of our contract administration.We are committed to transparency and accountability in our operations,” he intoned.
While expressing his sincere appreciation to the stakeholders for their unending support and collaboration, Zabbey affirmed that, “together, we can overcome the challenges before us and achieve the goals and objectives of HYPREP.”
He enjoined the stakeholders to continue to work with HYPREP in harmony and with focus, “leveraging our collective expertise and resources to restore and return the Ogoni environment, restore the livelihoods of its people, and build structures for peace”.
The Monitoring and Evaluation officer of HYPREP, Mr Goodluck Msu mounted the stage and presented a lucid account of HYPREP’s activities and scorecard to the participants within the period under review, which elicited reactions and comments on how the Project has fared so far, in its bid to improve the living conditions of the Ogoni people.
While scoring HYPREP high on what is currently on ground, the Head of Environment, Stakeholders Democratic Network (SDN), Mr Jude Samuelson Ikenna commended the Project for the work it is doing but stressed the need for it to employ more technical personnel to improve its monitoring and supervision of projects since the volume of work is increasing by the day.
On her part, the Assessment and Sustainability officer of the Centre for Environment Human Rights and Development ( CEHRD), Baridapsi Nyiaghan expressed satisfaction with the various projects and programmes undertaken by the Project in Ogoniland but solicited for an improvement.
Also speaking, Mrs Oguns Oke of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Ogoni Restoration Project while expressing her excitement, assured HYPREP of SPDC’s continued support, and stressed the need for mechanism to be put in place to channel floods away from ongoing project sites , particularly now that the rains have set in.
Overall, the participants expressed grave concern about the fencing of some ongoing project sites in Eleme by an individual, and called for prompt action to address the inherent challenge.
While responding to this anomaly, the former Project Coordinator noted that the Zonal Representative Committee and the Central Representative Advisory Committee(CRAC) of HYPREP had been deployed to handle the issue in accordance with the Project’s peace building policy instead of employing force.
On the call for the Project to employ more technical hands, he hinted that recommendations to that effect had already been presented to the Governing Council for consideration and approval.
Among personalities who attended the meeting was the Head of Reference Laboratory of the National Oil Spill! Detection and Response Agency(NOSDRA), Dr Kenneth Aroh, who represented the agency.
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Capt Elechi Amadi Poly Honours CTC Chairman

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Students of Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Rumuola, Port Harcourt , Rivers State, have honoured the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Etche Local Government council ,Barr John Ngubo Otamiri, for his support to students of the institution.
Presenting the award to the Elga CTC boss recently at his Port Harcourt residence, the President , Student Union Government of CEAPoly, Comrade Ipalibo Briggs, noted that the students presented the award of honour to the chairman in recognition of his outstanding dedication and commitment to the progress, development, and growth of the Student Union Government (SUG) and the Nigerian students community at large in Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic.
He opined that the chairman has been a beacon of support to the union and assured him of the support of the students community to his administration, even as he thanked the state governor Sir Siminalaye Fubara for finding the Chairman worthy in appointing him as the CTC Chairman of the area.
In his remarks, the CTC Chairman, Etche Local Government Council, Barr. John Ngubo Otamiri, thanked the students for their warm visit and encouraged them to take their studies seriously and be good ambassadors of their institution, and always remember Sir Siminalayi Fubara in their prayers, describing him as the people’s governor, who means well for Rivers State.

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Dep Gov Hails Media Practitioners’ Support, Effective Reportage

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Deputy Governor of Bayesla State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has commended media practitioners in the State for what he described as their unrelenting support and effective reportage of the policies and programmes of the Prosperity Administration so far in the state.
Ewhrudjakpo, who gave the commendation when members of the Bayelsa Independent Publishers Association (BIPA) paid him a courtesy call in Government House, described BIPA as “a friend and partner in progress”.
He thanked the leadership of the association for its detailed appraisal of the developmental strides of the present administration of Governor Douye Diri in the state, noting that BIPA had been in the forefront of the media telling the Bayelsa story to the world.
While recalling how he worked closely with them when he held sway as the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, he promised to convey their requests for the procurement of an 18-seater bus and the resuscitation of their printing equipment to the Governor for consideration.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who pledged to support the foremost indigenous publishers in the State, in his own little way, charged them to sustain the prevailing congenial government-media relations in the state.
“I feel excited to welcome you, my very good old friends, to Government House on this visit. I thank you for the appreciation of what your government has done in Bayelsa State.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank media practitioners in Bayelsa for your support to government and your effective coverage and reportage of policies and programmes and happenings in Bayelsa.
“We appreciate your support. Let us maintain our relationship. Remember, when I was Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, I made sure the Bayelsa media publishers were part of our field trips for project site visits and inspections.
“We will look into your rent issue and that of the printing machine. On your request for procurement of a bus, I will convey the request to the Governor for consideration. We will also look into the suspended stipends and do something about it”, the Deputy Governor said.
Presenting the Association’s address, the Publisher of Izonlink Newspapers, Mr. Alfred Egbegi, highlighted some of the challenges confronting the members of the association, such as bad printing press equipment, absence of operational bus, and high cost of printing materials, among others.
Egbegi, applauded the Governor Douye Diri-led Administration for its remarkable strides in infrastructure, security, education and the civil service, saying the Association is well pleased with the performance level of the State Government.
While assuring the Deputy Governor of a better working relationship, he appealed to the State Government to reinstate their monthly stipends that were suspended since 2016 in the wake of the nationwide economic recession.
“All through the first tenure culminating in the eventual elections, and now, half way into the first year of your second tenure, we have keenly followed your leadership style and effort at changing the narrative in Bayelsa State.
“We never expected the kind of development we are seeing today. You know me. For me to say this it means, you and your principal, His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri have done wonderfully well.
“We are living witnesses of the revolution on roads around all over the State. Just to mention a few critical ones; the Nembe-Brass Road in our estimation is going to open up the state’s economy.
“A very welcome development is the creation of the Marine and Blue Economy”, Egbegi said.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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