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

Julius Berger Pledges Partnership With Media For National Development

The multinational company, Julius Berger Nigeria on Wednesday pledged continuous partnership with the media for proper development of the country.
Mr Zubairu Bayi, the Executive Director, Administration made the pledge at an interactive forum with newsmen at its club house in Abuja.
“Let me very respectively assure the media that as responsible corporate citizen, Julius Berger Nigeria will within the framework of the law continue to open friendly relationship with our media partners.
“For the clarification of any news story relating to our company, we pledge to you our sincere commitment through our media relations office.
“Therefore, we plead with you our valued media partner to reach out to our media relations office to verify every material in order to give fairness and balance to any story,’’ he said.
Bayi said that Julius Berger and the media were connected in a partnership that ensured that both bodies conduct their businesses in the public domain.


“Julius Berger receives open communication when the public is satisfied with our infrastructure. Likewise the media get high acknowledgement when it delivers precisely factual information to Nigerians.
“Due to the mutual and open commitment to excellent, progressive development and the common goal, our societies understandably ask for more from Julius Berger and the media.
“It is a tonic that drives excellence in every society and it is a social paradigm that we understand, respect and appreciate immensely,’’ Bayi said.
He said that the media parley was its little way to say “thank you’’ to the media partners for good understanding and abiding faith in the company as a faithful development partner of Nigeria.
In response, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) FCT Council, Mr Paul Ella, thanked Julius Berger Nigeria and solicited for its support to build a befitting library for the council.
Ella said that the company should see the construction of the library as part of its corporate social responsibility to the society.



Ambode Extends Hand Of Partnership To All Opposition, Thanks Agbaje

The Lagos State Governor-elect, Akinwunmi Ambode has called on the PDP governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje and others who contested against him to join hands with his administration to build the state. Ambode spoke on Sunday while delivering his acceptance speech at the APC secretariat in Lagos shortly after he was declared winner of the governorship elections.

Ambode was announced as winner of the Saturday election after securing 811 994 votes against his PDP’s closest rival, Agbaje who scored 659 788 votes. “To my main opponent, Jimi Agbaje of the PDP, I thank you for a keen contest and invite you, alongside other gubernatorial candidates, to join hands with me in moving Lagos forward,” he said.

Ambode also promised Lagos residents that his administration would build on the legacy and achievements of his predecessors, Gov. Babatunde Fashola and Chief Bola Tinubu. I am humbled that you have placed your trust and faith in me. The love of this state and our common belief in what we can accomplish, our belief in what this state already is, and in what it is destined to become binds us together in a social and moral contract of high purpose.”

“I shall honour that contract with every fibre of my being. This day I pledge to you that I shall devote myself to bringing even greater prosperity, growth and development to every inch of this state. I also pledge that I shall build on legacy and progress of my predecessors,” Ambode said.

The governor-elect promised to bring the best of ?Lagos into his government saying that the people would be proud and glad for choosing him as their governor. “The people of Lagos have demonstrated that Lagos is not about ethnicity or religion but about a common desire to enthrone good ?governance. Lagos under my watch will not discriminate. It has not in the past. And will not in the present; not even in the future, there will be no political victimisation.”

“By affirming your faith in the APC and in me, you have, for the first time in 60 years, married progressive governance at the national level with progressive government at the state level,” he said.

Ambode noted that finally, Lagos State government and the Federal government would be of one vision, one mind and one accord. “The ramifications of this harmonious unity are completely positive.” This is a chance that we have worked toward for many years. The joint infrastructural and employment projects and collaboration between the state and the federal will quicken the improvement of our roads, schools, power generation and the entire array of social services.”

“This new era of cooperation between the state and federal government promises to be a golden period for Lagos and for all Lagosians to share equally therein,” he said.

Ambode said Lagos would enjoy optimal development and growth through APC governance working in tandem at the state and federal levels. “This cooperation and enhanced policy harmony will surely pay handsome dividends,” he said. Ambode congratulated INEC for a job well done and keeping alive Nigeria’s hope for a brighter democracy.

Credit: NAN