The Federal Government has charged communities in the Niger Delta region to take ownership and protect projects located in their domain so they can benefit from such projects.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, gave the charge while commissioning the Community Primary School, Tombia in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Represented by the Director, Community Development and Education Department in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Sabo Adamu, the Minister stated that modern economy is knowledge-driven and the Niger Delta region needs to be carried along in the scheme of things.
He referred to findings in UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report which stated that poverty is directly connected to poor quality education and improvement in the quality of education can reduce poverty to as much as thirty percent.
Akpabio, further stated that the Ministry serves as a primary vehicle to drive Federal Government’s intervention to fast-track socio-economic development in the Niger Delta region.
According to him, the Ministry has made considerable progress in the area of infrastructure development, environmental remediation, human capital development and maintenance of peace and security for sustainable development.
The former Akwa Ibom State Governor however noted that the transformation of the Niger Delta Region cannot be achieved by just the Federal Government or any individual institution or agency but through effective collaboration with stakeholders.
The Minister also expressed optimism that the completed structures would improve the quality of life in the state and region.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Education Hon. Gentle Emelah who was represented by the Director, Human Resources Management of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, commended the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for taking up the task in building the school.
The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs also recently commissioned and handed over a lodge for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and a viewing centre constructed by the ministry in the Koroma Tai Community in Tai Local government Area of Rivers State.