#NDNewVision: PHOTOS of Modular refineries in Niger Delta

As part of the Niger Delta New Vision of President Muhammadu Buhari administration, two modular refineries in Niger Delta region are expected to be inaugurated by the end of this year.

OPAC Refinery, Umuseti, Delta State

Two modular refinery projects have commenced construction out of the 10 licensed projects identified for possible groundbreaking. They are the: Niger Delta Petroleum Resources – Establishment of additional 10,000bpd Modular Refinery in Ogbele, Rivers State; OPAC Refineries – to establish 7,000bpd refinery in Umuseti-Kwale, Delta State (phase one). Another refinery, WalterSmith (Petroman) – to Establish 5,000bpd refinery in Ibigwe, Ohaji, Imo State – is expected to come on board in the near future.



Niger Delta Petroleum Resources (NDPR) Refinery, Ogbele, Rivers State

The key objectives of establishing modular refineries in the Niger Delta region include the following:

  • To promote availability of petroleum products in the country and boost economic development nationwide,
  • To promote socio-economic development and  provide jobs for unemployed youths in the region, thereby sustaining peaceful coexistence in the Niger Delta,
  • To increase local content in Region,
  • To mitigate and eliminate negative environmental degradation associated with illegal refinery activities, crude oil theft and pipelines vandalism.

Niger Delta: 200 set for NDDC 2018 Post-Graduate Foreign Scholarship

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has presented award letters to 200 graduates from the Niger Delta region for its 2018 Post-Graduate Foreign Scholarship Programme.

According to a statement by the NDDC, during a pre-departure briefing and orientation at the Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, charged the scholars to be ambassadors of the Niger Delta region as they carry the flag of Nigeria to foreign lands.

The NDDC Managing Director, who was represented by the Director Special Duties, Dr Princewill Ekanim, said that the Foreign Post-Graduate Scholarship Programme was an important component of the Commission’s human capital development programme.

He said: “We recognise the need to bridge the huge manpower deficit in the Niger Delta region, especially in Engineering, Science and Technology, EST, the fields that drive the oil industry. Our aim is to build a pool of professionals that can compete at the global stage.”

Ekere noted that the programme which started in 2010 had so far benefited 1,904 students, mostly at the Masters’ Degree level.  He said that about 4,000 candidates applied for this year’s programme, out of which 200 were selected.

The NDDC boss said: “Our scholars over the years have made outstanding results. In 2016, one of the beneficiaries in the masters’ programme, graduated as the overall best student at the Coventry University in the United Kingdom. In 2017, another beneficiary graduated with a distinction and was the best graduating student in the department as well as the entire post-graduate programme in environmental studies.”

Ekere advised the scholarship beneficiaries to avoid distractions so as to also excel in their studies. “We are sending you out to go and study and come back to impact the Niger Delta region and the entire Nigerian system for good. That is the essence of the scholarship programme,” he emphasised.

In his opening remarks, the NDDC Director for Education, Health and Social Services, Mr. Goshua Okejoto, urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the opportunity given to them to acquire technical expertise for the benefit of the people of the Niger Delta region.

The EHSS director, who was represented by the deputy director, Mrs. Winifred Madume, reminded the beneficiaries that they owed the Niger Delta a duty to succeed. He added: “As you go to your various schools, conduct yourselves well as we expect excellent performance in all that you do.”

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the best Ph.D. awardee, Miss Mary Essien, thanked the NDDC for making the selection process fair and transparent. She pledged that they would do their best to be good ambassadors for the region.

The successful graduates for the 2018 post-graduate foreign scholarship programme had gone through electronic examination conducted at the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, before a final selection interview.

Ogoni clean-up: HYPREP commence provision of potable water in Ogoniland

Towards the implementation of the UNEP Report on the provision of emergency measures (water supply and health study), the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) has commenced the survey and sampling of drinking water sources in the impacted communities of Ogoniland.

The exercise, which started in November and lasted for 10 days, was carried out from house to house and also within a radius of 500m from each impacted site. The aim was to ascertain the extent of contamination   of drinking water sources in the impacted Ogoni communities to obtain baseline data that will guide HYPREP in the preparation of bid documents.

A total of 600 water samples will be collected and analysed from 47 impacted communities across the four Local Government Areas of Ogoniland, namley , namely Eleme, Gokana, Tai and Khana.

According to a statement from the Project Coordination Office, “HYPREP will not leave any stone unturned in carrying out its mandate as it has continued to get the unwavering support of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to ensure a successful clean-up of Ogoniland and restoration of livelihood.”

Pictures from Niger Delta New Vision workshop in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

The Niger Delta New Vision workshop, which held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday, November 15, 2018, drew participants from the media, Civil Society Organisations and stakeholders from the Niger Delta region.

With the theme: Niger Delta New Vision: Partnership for regional development & Nation-building, the workshop focused on specific areas; including the roles of the media, CSOs, and stakeholders in the region’s development and in nation building. The workshop also highlighted key projects being implemented under the New Vision for the Niger Delta, including the establishment of modular refineries, Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, the ongoing Ogoni clean-up, and other development projects in the region.

VP Osinbajo hails collaboration as Caribbean University partners Maritime University, UNILAG

The academic partnership between Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) in Jamaica, and two Nigerian universities – University of Lagos and the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, in Delta State – would be mutually beneficial to each country’s human capital development, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this during a meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, with representatives from the three universities; a delegation from the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) led by the President, CMU, Prof. Fritz Pinnock; and his Nigerian counterparts – the Vice Chancellor, Maritime University, Prof. Maureen Etebu; and the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

According to the Vice President, “The Maritime University is an important part of our journey of developing the Niger Delta, as it would tackle restiveness among youths by providing them with education and training, and so benefit them. So, the Maritime University is a win-win for Niger Delta and Nigeria.”

Prof. Osinbajo further said the partnership between the CMU and the two Nigerian universities (Maritime University and UNILAG) was coming at the right time to help develop the country’s human capital.

“Our relationship with Jamaica is a very important one for us and we must continue to explore the very many areas of collaboration to benefit us all. We are truly grateful for the hand of fellowship extended to us,” the VP added.

Also at the meeting was the Acting High Commissioner of Jamaica, Abuja, John Clarke; and a former governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva, who is the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of the Governing Council of Maritime University.

The Maritime University, which commenced full academic activities in April, is part of the Buhari administration’s Niger Delta New Vision aimed at developing the region.

Similarly, Prof. Etebu said the CMU has offered scholarships to two students of the Maritime University. ‘we are going to draw strength in terms of experience and exposure from the Carribean university,” she said. Also speaking, Prof. Ogundipe said UNILAG’s postgraduate programmes in Maritime Studies would gain from the collaboration with CMU to meet international standards.

It would be recalled that the Maritime University was granted approval in January this year by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective from the 2017/2018 academic session.

Also, the National Universities Commission (NUC) had approved that academic activities commence in three faculties namely; Transport, Engineering and Environmental Management, with a combined total of 13 departments with various specializations – from Marine Engineering, Marine Economics to Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The University commenced lectures in April this year following the admission of students into the university for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Sustain peace in Niger Delta, NDDC boss charges youths

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere, has charged youth leaders and ex-agitators to continue to sustain the existing peace and security in the Niger Delta region.
Ekere gave the advice during a meeting with ex-agitators under the auspices of the Environmental Rights Advocates for Niger Delta. He urged them to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari by ensuring a peaceful environment for development.
In a statement, the NDDC Chief Executive Officer thanked the ex-agitators for the way they were managing the youths which made it possible for peace to reign in the region. He said: “Today, the youths of the region are more tolerant and are willing to be engaged in discussions rather than resort to violent agitations. They are also consulting more with the leadership of the country and agencies of development. They are no longer taking the laws into their hands.”
Ekere noted that the peaceful atmosphere had made it possible for a reduction in the level of violence, leading to a remarkable rise in oil-production figures, adding that pipeline vandalism had reduced and generally there was peace all over the region.
He appealed to the youth leaders to continue to promote peace, especially at this critical stage in the life of the nation.
Ekere said: “We are at the verge of electioneering campaigns for the 2019 general elections. I want to appeal that the youths will continue to uphold peace. Don’t allow yourselves to be used for electoral violence because if they use you today, tomorrow they will forget you.”
The NDDC boss stated that the country needed a peaceful environment to continue to progress, noting that politics and elections come and go but people still needed to live their lives. He thanked the youth leaders for supporting the Federal Government by promoting peace.
Ekere said that President Buhari had done well for the country, having shown passion for the development of the Niger Delta region. He also acknowledged the good work of the Buhari administration in reviving the economy after it went into recession.
Earlier, the President of Environmental Rights Advocates for Niger Delta, Pastor Reuben Wilson, commended the Federal Government for sustaining the amnesty programme. He confessed that the ex-agitators were initially afraid that the programme would be scrapped when President Buhari took over.
He declared: “We are glad that the Presidential Amnesty Programme is still alive and functioning very well. We are grateful that the stipends for the amnesty beneficiaries are released promptly at the end of every month.
“We also thank the President for ensuring the release of funds to the NDDC for the development of the Niger Delta region. We equally commend the NDDC Managing Director for efficiently applying the resources available to the Commission for the rapid development of the region.”

Flood: Amnesty Office distributes N90m relief materials to Niger Delta communities 

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has started the distribution of relief materials worth N90 million to some communities affected by the recent flood in the Niger Delta.
In a statement by Mr Murphy Ganagana, Special Assistant (Media) to PAP Coordinator, Prof. Charles Dokubo, the distribution would last for a week. Shun unnecessary criticisms, Dokubo tells Niger Deltans He listed items being distributed to include: rice, beans, indomie noodles, groundnut oil, Maggi cubes, tomatoes, detergents, bathing soaps, disinfectants, and medicals.
“The gesture is to provide succour for inhabitants of the affected communities who live in terrible conditions since their homes and sources of livelihood were affected by the flood.
“The Amnesty Programme is meant for the people of Niger Delta, and whatever affects communities in the region affects us. “So far, we have spent N90 million on purchase of the relief materials we are distributing to various communities which include Bomadi, Oboro, Okpokunou, Esanma, Akugbene, Ogodobiri and Ezebiri. Adeda donates relief materials, food items to flood victims in Uwheru.
“The others include Ayakoromo, Tuomo, Ogbobagbene, Kpakiama, Obotebe, Ofonibeinghan, Gbekebo,Ogbeingbene, Patani, Aven, Kolowari and Gbaregolor, among other communities in Delta.
“In Bayelsa, relief materials are being distributed in Adagbabiri, Odi, Trofani, Kaiama, Esampou, Zarama, Ogbeinbiri, Opuama, Ofunama, Shekelewu, Ogbudugbudu, Arogbo, Safa-Arogbo, Agadagba Obon, Ajakoroama and Opugbini,’’ he said. Ganagana also said that some communities in Edo and Ondo states would benefit from the distribution.
In the same vein, the Vanguard reported that the Ebedaowei of Kabowei Kingdom, in Bayelsa State, Aserifa Hope Torru, hailed Dokubo for humane, responsive and caring leadership.
Torru said that the coordinator was committed to the interest and welfare of Niger Delta people.
 “It is on record that we have had several flood disasters in the past; I remember what happened in 2012 and thereafter. This is the first time the Amnesty Office will share in our pain and take steps to ameliorate our plight. “This is commendable; I urge other public and private organisations to take a cue from what the Amnesty Office has done to give us succour,” he said.

PHOTOS: Second Niger Bridge

PHOTOS: Second Niger Bridge

Ongoing Construction Work on the Second Niger Bridge linking Onitsha in Anambra and Asaba in Delta, across the River Niger (Comprises 1.6km Bridge and 10.3km Highway). 641 personnel onsite.

[Work currently ongoing in Onitsha – Site/Main Yard; high water levels in Asaba]

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Buhari, NDDC Focus on Project Completion – Adjogbe

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has re-affirmed the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the Commission to step up the completion of quality projects in the Niger Delta region.

The NDDC Executive Director Projects, Engr Dr Samuel Adjogbe, FNSE, said this in an interview in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after being honoured for ‘Outstanding Performance in Leading Change’ at the Garden City Advancement Awards.

He said President Buhari’s commitment to infrastructural development was visible in the Niger Delta region and the nation at large, especially with the recent commissioning of the Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal by the Federal Government.

Adjogbe who was represented by his Technical Assistant, Mr Nelson Onwo, noted that “with the spate of completed projects so far, one will agree that such commitment to infrastructural project development has never been demonstrated before now.”

“Just like the newly commissioned Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal and several other mega projects by the Federal Government, NDDC will continue to deliver impactful projects such as the now completed Ogbia-Nembe road.”

Presenting the Award, Keynote Speaker at the event, Prof. Isaac Zeb-Obipi said the award was recognition of the NDDC Executive Director’s continual support and exceptional contributions to the advancement of the nation.

He noted that Dr Adjogbe had demonstrated exemplary leadership in the performance of his job at the NDDC, adding that such attributes were worthy of emulation.