By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The new minister of Niger Delta region, Stephen Oru, yesterday assumed duty as the substantive minister, pledging to work hard to fulfill the mandate of the ministry.
The director of information at the ministry, Salisu Saleh Na’inna, stated this in a press release issued to journalists in Abuja, yesterday.
According to the statement, the new minister praised the late President, Umaru Musa Yar’adua for creating the ministry, aimed at achieving sustainable development in the Niger Delta, while also saying that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to the development of the region for the promotion of peace, ensuring that oil exploration continue to create wealth for the country.
Similarly, the minister commended the efforts of the Minister of State, Arch. Darius Ishaku, for effectively steering the ship of the Ministry as the Supervising Minister for almost six months, praising the Permanent Secretary, Mohammed Bashar as well as directors who he said, worked tirelessly to record remarkably achievements.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of State at the ministry, Arch. Dickson Ishaku, stated that he took over as supervising Minister on the 13th of February, 2014, noting that since then a lot has been achieved.
He listed the achievements to include increase in percentage completion of the ministry’s major project, the East-West road, which he said stands at about 75 percent, construction of nine Skills Acquisition Centres in nine states of the region nearing completion as well as a housing scheme at 95 percent completion across the nine states of the Niger Delta.
Other areas of successes recorded while Ishaku supervised the ministry include youth training in the areas of agriculture and communication technology, particularly in the assembly and repairs of Smartphones and Tablet computers.