NDDC Charges Students to Join Campaign for Peace in Niger Delta

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC,  has charged students and youths to join in campaigning for peace and security in the Niger Delta region.

Giving the advice on behalf of the Managing Director, Dr Nsima Ekere, at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Executive Director Projects, Engr. (Dr) Samuel Adjogbe, urged Niger Delta students to promote peace and dialogue as the preferred options for driving development in Nigeria’s oil-rich region.

He stated that promoting awareness campaigns within the Niger delta region remained a viable tool for development agencies that need peace and security to deliver on their mandates, adding that “as an interventionist agency, we require a peaceful environment to carry out our duties.”

 

Adjogbe said that students and youths of the Niger Delta region have a crucial role to play in enthroning peace. He declared: “We don’t want protests and agitations in the Niger Delta anymore. Dialogue is the way to go. We should be talking and negotiating, rather than chasing away investors.

 

“Insecurity increases investment costs and it is based on this that the NDDC is looking at achieving a Niger Delta where investors and expatriates are confident of establishing their businesses for the overall development of the region.”

He emphasised the need to support programmes that would help to foster peace in parts of the Niger Delta, noting that the NDDC was doing its best to enhance the education of youths of the region. As part of this effort, he said that the process for the selection of the 2018 NDDC Foreign Post Graduate Scholarship programme had started. 

Earlier, the National President, Niger Delta Students Union Government, Comrade Ifon Daniel Samuel, remarked that the students’ body was ready to execute programmes that would create strong educational consciousness in the Niger Delta region.

 

He said that the Students Union Government was already planning to host a summit on peace and security in the Niger Delta. He, therefore, appealed to the NDDC to assist the NDSUG in their forthcoming convention which would incorporate discussions on critical issues affecting the region.

NDDC Resumes Post-Graduate Foreign Scholarship Programme for Niger Delta indigenes

 

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has approved the resumption of NDDC Post-Graduate Foreign scholarship to qualified indigenes of the Niger Delta region after a comprehensive restructuring of the programme.

This follows the approval by the Governing Board and Management for the commencement of the 2018 award process.

The Commission, while announcing the resumption of the scholarship scheme, conveys its regrets at the cancellation of the inconclusive 2017 award process, noting the inconveniences suffered by students who applied for the scholarship.

To provide a fresh start and a seamless process, all outstanding tuition for recipients of the scholarship has been cleared, as part of the restructuring instituted by Management, and calls for new applications from qualified candidates for the 2018 programme. (However, any student who has proof that he has not been paid should feel free to contact the Commission immediately).

Meanwhile, the advertisement for the new programme will be published in national media, as well as the Commission’s website.

Established in 2010, the NDDC post-graduate foreign scholarship is designed to produce top level professionals with technical manpower, capacity and expertise who would compete in the oil and gas industry and other sectors of the Niger Delta region.

Worth about $30,000 per annum, it is helping to build a knowledge-based economy that will meet the challenges of globalisation. It covers nine professional disciplines such as engineering, medical sciences, computer science technology, geosciences, environmental sciences, agriculture, environment/oil and gas law, as well as project management.

A total of 1,409 students have benefited from the programme, including Charles Igwe, whose unique redesign of the Turcot Interchange road, as a Ph.D student of Construction Engineering at Concordia University, Canada, helped save the Montreal Area Municipality over $1 billion, and Mr. Ubong Peters, who won a global three-minute thesis competition.

Our plan to transform education in Niger Delta – NDDC

*FG to launch Niger Delta Digital Learning Programme

*Laptop, Tabs factory proposed for region

The Federal Government in collaboration with the 9 Niger Delta states and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will launch a pilot of the Niger Delta Digital Learning programme this September.

The initiative will transform the education of primary and secondary school students in the region by replacing antiquated traditional teaching methods and textbooks with digital content delivered through tablet computers and mobile devices.

This will standardise the learning process, improve teacher’s productivity and increase student’s learning capacity. The programme will help the region to develop its human capacity in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to invest in human capital development as expressed in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

More details will be released in the coming days.

Towards a healthy Niger Delta: NDDC pledges N50m to fight malaria

The Niger Delta Development Corporation has inaugurated the Governing Board of the NDDC Professorial Chair on Malaria Elimination and Phyto-medicine Research at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) Rivers State.

This was disclosed today by the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere.

The endowment fund, which is worth N50 million, will help reduce cases of malaria through strategic control, curtailing breeding, transmission, as well as help reduce cost of treatment.

The fund will be redeemed in two instalments of N25 million per annum for an initial period of two years. Ekere said the corporation has already released the first tranche of N25 million for the Malaria Chair Research Program.

He said, “Considering the prevalence of the malaria in tropical Africa and particularly the Niger Delta region, the importance of this research fund cannot be over emphasised. A healthy Niger Delta will help the NDDC in its mandate and determination to build a wealthy region.”

#NDNewVision: Maritime University commence Lectures

Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta  State, has today commenced full academic activities for the 2017/2018 session.
It would be recalled that the take-off of the Maritime University was one of the major requests of the region tabled before the Federal Government.
The commencement of lectures in the University is also a fulfillment of the Buhari administration’s commitment to developing the Niger Delta region through its New Vision for the region.

#NDNewVision: Maritime University commence lectures, fulfillment of FG’s promise to region

In fulfilment of the Buhari administration’s commitment to develop the Niger Delta in line with its New Vision for the region, the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, has today commenced lectures for the 2017/2018 academic year.

A total of 196 students have so far been accepted into the University to commence their academic programmes.

The Maritime University was granted approval in January by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective from the 2017/2018 academic session.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had also listed the University in its Central Admissions Processing System in January 24, 2018, while interviews for academic staff positions were conducted between 1st and 2nd of March, 2018.

The 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.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved an increase in the take-off grant allocated to the University from the N2bn earlier announced to N5bn. This sum was included in the 2018 budget presented to the National Assembly in November 2017.

Similarly, an additional N1B was approved by the President to support essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment in the University in November 2017.

Also, following the commencement of operations in 2017, the university had, in November 2017, invited job applications for academic staff with advert placement in major national dailies.

The Delta State government had also donated two 500KVA generators to the University.

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with leaders of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in November 2016, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, was delegated to undertake a tour of the oil producing communities in 2017; and the take-off of the Maritime University was one of the major requests tabled before the Federal Government.

NIGER DELTA MINISTRY GRADUATES 90 MORE WOMEN, YOUTHS WITH N500,000 EACH

In keeping with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs’ commitment to continue its training and empowerment programme for the youths and women in the Niger Delta region towards reducing unemployment and youth restiveness, an additional 90 youths and women of the region have again been trained and empowered with N500,000 start-up package amidst cheers, in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital recently.

According to the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, represented by a Deputy Director in the Ministry, Mr. Philip Ndiomu, the 90 graduands drawn from the various States in the region were trained in Fishery and Poultry productions so that they could contribute to the food security of the region and Nigeria in general.

It would be recalled that the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola had during the graduation of 180 Bakassi returnees in Calabar fourth night ago promised that the training and empowerment programme was a continuous exercise, adding that “Those who have been agitating for inclusion should be reassured that they have been heard and therefore will be considered in subsequent batches to be self-employed and self-dependent.”

The Minister said this recent exercise was part of the fulfilments of that promise. Pastor Usani added that the package given to the beneficiaries was “Teaching you how to fish rather than just giving fish to you.”

He charged them to establish themselves so that they too could contribute towards the training of other Niger Deltans for the enhancement of their value, thereby making them more produtive members of the society.

Pastor Usani reiterated that the Federal Government would be glad to seeing the trainees as partners and consultants with capacity to deliver as change agents in the nearest future.

The graduands expressed gratitude to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, pledging their unalloyed support for Mr President and Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, stressing that they have received all it took to transform their lives and other people around them.

FUTO BEST GRADUATING STUDENT BAGS NDDC SCHOLARSHIP

In an attempt to encourage youth productivity and excellence in the Niger Delta region, The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, has awarded a postgraduate scholarship to Miss Jane Adim, who emerged the best graduating student of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State.

The scholarship, which will enable the beneficiary to study in any university of her choice in any part of the world, was announced at FUTO’s 30th convocation ceremony where the NDDC MD was conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in Management Technology (D. M. Tech) over the weekend.

Adim, one of the thirty-six (36) first-class students produced by the institution, emerged the best graduating student in the institution with a CGPA of 4.76 from the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Technology.

Mr. Ekere commended the beneficiary for her feat, describing her as a trailblazer. He stated that Adim was “the kind of student that must be encouraged so that she can stand out as a beacon for others not just in the Niger Delta region but in Nigeria at large.

“We are tired of youths being involved in militancy and causing a lot of problems for the oil communities and instigating instability in the region,” he said.

In his speech, he also noted that government’s support in the education sector would help tackle cultism, militancy and unemployment in the Niger Delta region.

Mr. Ekere further said that the commission will assist in the provision of facilities in the university and implement more development projects in the area that will be of great benefit to both the staff and students.

It would be recalled that the NDDC also awarded scholarships to the seven children of the slain heroic police officer, Sgt. Chukwudi Iboko, who was killed on duty during a robbery attack at a branch of Zenith bank in Owerri, in 2017.  Mr. Ekere also donated a sum of ₦1 million to the family of the deceased.

Niger Delta New Vision: First batch students resume lectures in Maritime University next month

The Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, is now set to commence the admission of students into the university for the 2017/2018 academic year, and start lectures next month.

This was one of the highlights of the meeting of the Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee on Friday, called to assess progress on the implementation of the Buhari administration’s New Vision for Niger Delta.

The meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja which was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, also received reports of ongoing development projects being implemented in the region.

A total of 196 students have so far been accepted into the University to commence their academic programmes, while 76 applications still pending. Lectures are expected to fully commence later in April.

In furtherance of this administration’s commitment to develop the Niger Delta in line with its New Vision for the region,  President Muhammadu Buhari had approved an increase in the take-off grant allocated to the University from the N2bn earlier announced to N5bn. This sum was included in the 2018 budget presented to the National Assembly in November 2017.

Similarly, an additional N1B was approved by the President to support essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment in the University in November 2017.

The Delta State government has also donated two 500KVA generators to the University.

The Maritime University was recently granted approval in January by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective from the 2017/2018 academic session.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had listed the University in its Central Admissions Processing System in January 24, 2018, while interviews for academic staff positions were conducted between 1st and 2nd of March, 2018.

The 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.

It would be recalled that, following the commencement of operations in 2017, the university had, in November 2017, invited job applications for academic staff with advert placement in major national dailies.

[INTERVIEW] Maritime university will benefit Niger Delta youths, create jobs, attract investment to region, says VC

#NDNewVision: MARITIME UNIVERISTY WILL BENEFIT NIGER DELTA YOUTHS, CREATE JOBS, ATTRACT INVESTMENT TO REGION, SAYS VC

*University will boost the marine industry, Nigeria‘s education system”

In line with the Federal Government’s new vision for the Niger Delta, significant strides have been made to ensure smooth take-off of Nigeria’s first maritime university, explains the Vice Chancellor of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, Prof. Ongoebi Etebu, in this interview with NDNewVision

How soon should we expect the Nigeria Maritime University to take off and what are the programmes you’re starting with?

On the fourth of January this year, the National Universities Commission afforded us an opportunity to commence graduate degree programmes. They approved three faculties; namely Faculty of Marine Transport with four departments including Nautical Science and other departments like Transport, Logistics; the third one, Marine Economics and Finance, and lastly, Port Management. Then, Faculty of Engineering; where we have Marine Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum and Gas. Finally, we have the Faculty of Environmental Management; we have Environmental Management and Pollution Control, Meteorology and Climate Change, Fisheries and Marine Geology.

We are going to admit JAMB candidates with the quota the examination body gave to us. Recently, we have made efforts to get all necessary approval from the NUC and JAMB and so far, every step has been successful. The NUC and JAMB have been gracious and cooperative to ensure a smooth take-off of the Nigeria Maritime University. So, it is with eagerness that we look forward to admit candidates for the 2017/2018 academic session. No doubt, that is good news to every well-meaning Nigerian. So much is going on right now, including on-the-spot assessment of available facilities of the university to ensure a successful commencement of academic activities. We have a temporary site and efforts are at top gear to ensure the permanent site is ready as soon as possible. As soon as possible, once we get the clearance from JAMB, we’re going to advertise our programmes and admit qualified candidates. In terms of approval, the NUC also gave us approval to do basic studies –that is, to establish School of Basic Studies. We also got approval to have a unit of General Studies – just to cater for courses like English and other languages. You know the emphasis now is that all specialised universities should have specialised programmes.

What about the recruitment of academic and non-academic staff?

Let me also state that we have completed the process of submission of application for academic positions. We are collating the applications at the moment. We are working day and night to make sure that the applications are collated and sorted out for consideration. The number of applications that we received is 6,155.

How do you think the Nigeria Maritime University will benefit the host community and the nation?

No doubt, you’ll agree with me that there are many benefits that come with the establishment of a university like this – one of a kind in the country. The benefits are innumerable. The impact of the institution will be felt both at home and abroad. You know that the maritime venture is global and we intend to ensure that Nigeria attracts the best of local and foreign attention in terms of investments in various aspects of the maritime sector. The Federal Government is committed to the development and sustenance of peace in the country, particularly to make sure that youths in the Niger Delta region are meaningfully engaged. The university is not just for the region. The Maritime University is an international community that should not be tied with only the Niger Delta – doing so will make it a local university. But it is not.

The university as an international community will benefit the entire country and the marine industry at large, and then, particularly the Niger Delta. We intend to draw students from all over the country. The admission will be first of all based on merit, then catchment area, and then educationally disadvantaged states. The university is going to improve life of the entire country, namely the marine industry.

What are your short-term goals for the university?

One of the goals is to connect the institution with the world. It is important to let the world know that this kind of university exists in Nigeria; and also, to promote the good works of this administration in ensuring that the Maritime University kicks off. I am also committed to ensuring that institution’s facilities are such that can provide conducive environment for learning and teaching. We will also ensure that our recruitment is such that academic excellence will be at the fore. We will look out for academic and non-academic staff with passion for values and development as epitomised by this institution.

Ongoing Project At Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko

How safe is the location the university is sited?

There is no cause for alarm. There are existing tertiary institutions operating in the Niger Delta region. They operate without any hitch. The students, academic and non-academic staff go about their daily activities peacefully. The Maritime University will not be an exception. It will be a delightful place of learning. Parents, guardians and prospective students have nothing to worry about. You should visit the university; it is a serene environment, ideal for learning. There is no security threat – either to students or workers – as to where the school is sited. It is a beautiful, naturally serene environment. It may interest you to note that in our advert for academic positions, we specifically stated that place of submission of application should be at the campus at Krushe. Did you believe that all over Nigeria went there to submit their applications?

I will like to appreciate the administration of our amiable President, Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who has been driving this process. We are so grateful to the administration. Many thanks also to members of the inter-ministerial committee that the government set up to see to it that this university should see the light of the day. We also appreciate the efforts of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the minister who visited the temporary site on fact-finding mission through which the present administration got to know that there are huge facilities on the ground, and the NUC. More so, I want to assure Nigerians that we will do our very best to lay a solid foundation for the university’s take-off.