EU Seeks Partnership With Niger Delta Ministry

A team of experts from the European Union (EU) has urged the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to step up collaborative efforts with the EU towards providing potable water for people in the region.

The EU team made the call during a courtesy visit to Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, the Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, in Abuja.

The Leader of the EU team, Mr Alobert Achten, said that the initiative, under the aegis of the Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP), had been on for sometime but needed to be sustained.

The NDSP has four components comprising employment opportunities and social services, public finance management, water and sanitation and micro-projects.

The objective is to mitigate the conflicts in the region by addressing the main causes of unrest and violence.

The water and sanitation component of this programme is mainly to enhance access to safe, adequate and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

This component is already active in five states — Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers — and we are taking two local government areas per state.’’

The EU Representative, however, complained that the programme received little cooperation from some states.

He said that N2.4 billion from the EU was about to be lost because states were unable to pay their counterpart fund, adding that the deadline is the end of this month.

All the contracts risk being cancelled and beneficiary communities will feel betrayed.”

He urged the minister to intervene in the interest of the Niger Delta region.

Responding, Usani appreciated the EU for showing interest in developing the Niger Delta.

Credit: Guardian

Adoration Ministry Reveals Prime Suspects In “Plot To Kill Buhari”

Adoration Ministry in Enugu, Nigeria headed by Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka has called on security agents to see as prime suspects those criticising the prophecy of its spiritual director on a plot to assassinate President Muhammadu Buhari.
The ministry’s Media Chief, Mr Ike Maximus Ugwuoke, who said this yesterday in a statement issued in Enugu, urged Nigerians to ask those he described as “democratic miscreants” why they are not perturbed by the other prophecies Fr Mbaka made this year except the plot to kill Mr President.
“Are they guilty or privy to the plot which the man of God had exposed? The laborious manner with which they attacked the prophetic message in an attempt to filibuster and water it down betrays their innocence on this issue and this should make them prime suspects in the list of the nation’s intelligence security surveillance,”  the ministry said.
The Adoration Ministry responded to a statement credited to a human rights group which threatened to drag Fr Mbaka to the Pope, if the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria failed to reprimand him and stop him from actively associating with politicians based on his New Year prophecy of a plan to assassinate Buhari.
The rights group dismissed Fr. Mbaka’s prophecy as “delusional fantasy.”
But the Adoration Ministry said the Constitution in “Section 38(1) respects universal right to freedom of religion and to manifest and propagate same either or in community with others in public or private just as it guarantees freedom of expression in Section 39.
“If the  Constitution which gave every citizen of this country the right to worship did not prohibit him from declaring the message he receives from the God he worships, we then wonder why a priest of God and a citizen of this country should be threatened for exercising his constitutional right.
“A situation where the fundamental human rights which is the tenet of the ideals of democracy is bastardised by an acclaimed human rights group that is meant to protect same is indeed worrisome and makes mockery of the nomenclature.”

Credit: Sun

We Shall Hold Jonathan Responsible If Anything Happens To Fr. Mbaka- Adoration Ministry

Enugu priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka yesterday raised fresh alarms over alleged plans to assassinate him before the March 28 general elections.

Mbaka, who spoke through the media officer of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria, Barr. Ike Maximus Ugwuoke, cried out that he had been marked for death before the presidential election.

In the Press Statement entitled: “JONATHAN WANTS ME DEAD BEFORE THE 2015 ELECTION”, the Adoration Ministry warned that if anything happened to Fr. Mbaka, Jonathan’s government would be held responsible.

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