President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday commission the Police Barracks, Special Protection Unit (SPU) base 6 at Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to represent his principal to inaugurate the project built by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
NDDC in a statement issued on Sunday by its spokesman, Ibitoye Abosede, said the building is a 66-flat residential quarter and administrative block for police officers in the oil-rich state.
The project, previously inspected by NDDC Interim Administrator, Mr Efiong Akwa consists of an administrative block, an armoury, gatehouse, underground cell and 66 units of accommodation made up of the commander’s residence, second-in-command residence and 64 one-bedroom flats.
Akwa described the completion of the project as another milestone of the Buhari administration.
“When people say that NDDC is not working, you can see that it is not true. The problem is that people don’t get to acknowledge the numerous projects that the commission executed or is executing,” the statement partly read.
On the economic importance of the project, the commission said it would add value to the living conditions of the security officers in the Niger-Delta region.
The commission explained that the project is part of a broad-based partnership with the Nigeria Police Force to add value to their efforts at improving regional security.
It added that as an interventionist agency, it had “a responsibility to make sure that those who take care of our safety were provided with befitting and comfortable accommodation”.
With the completion of the project, the stage is set for an improved and more secure Niger Delta region.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has said the Forensic Audit Report of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) indicated that there are over 13,000 abandoned projects within the coastal region.
Senator Akpabio disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday when he submitted the report to President Muhammadu Buhari through the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
“The report of the audit committee showed that there are over 13,000 abandoned projects in the Niger Delta and even before the submission of the report some contractors have returned to site on their own and completed about 77 road projects.
“Although the exercise had a checkered history, I thank Mr President and all those who supported and ensured its success,” the minister stated.
He added that the exercise was not done to witch-hunt anyone, but to ensure that the huge sums of funds allocated for developing the region are put to good use.
According to Akpabio, the Niger Delta region has remained backward since 1958 in spite of efforts by successive governments through the creation of various interventionist programmes and projects, a situation he says is changing.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that the Federal Government will ensure it recovers over N6 trillion allegedly misappropriated in the running of the NDDC between 2001 and 2019.
Buhari who spoke shortly after he received the Forensic Audit Report from Akpabio, claimed that there had been evidence of substantial compromise in the execution of at least 13,777 and the existence of “multitude of NDDC’s bank accounts amounting to 362” which lacked proper reconciliation of accounts.
Consequently, the President directed that the report of the forensic audit on the NDDC be forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Justice for necessary action.
Malami, after receiving the report, assured that it would be critically analysed for necessary action and implementation.
In October 2019, Buhari ordered a holistic forensic audit on the activities of the NDDC from when it was established till August 2019, in response to the yearnings of the people to make the Commission more effective and result oriented.
The President said there was nothing tangible on the ground in the region to show for the huge funds committed over the years through the Commission.
He noted that his administration was concerned about the colossal loss occasioned by uncompleted and unverified development projects in the region, and how the citizens have for long been deprived of the dividends of democracy.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has concluded plans for the commencement of work on the Abuja-Kaduna- Kano pipeline project, popularly known as AKK Project.
A statement by NNPC’s acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Samson Makoji, noted that the project would be executed in collaboration with China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited (CPPECL) and Brantex Consortium.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, according to the statement gave this indication when he received the President of CPPECL, Sun Quanjun, and the head of the Brantex Consortium on Wednesday at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.
Kyari stated that the AKK project was key to resolving the power deficit challenge of the country, stressing that NNPC was ready to give all necessary support to CPPECL and Brantex Consortium to deliver the project within time and within budget.
He explained that the AKK project was very important to the nation and urged the China Pipeline Company to use it as a platform for other bigger opportunities in the oil and gas industry pipeline projects.
The NNPC boss said, “We think you can deliver on the AKK project. If you execute the AKK project, we will also support your company to grow her imprint in Nigeria.
“I assure you that this partnership will be beneficial to us all and deliver value for the Nigerian people.”
Earlier, Mr Quanjun said his company and Brantex Consortium were prepared to deliver on the AKK project, stressing that it would deploy its new pipeline technology system capable of guaranteeing the integrity of the project for several decades to come.
He added that his company would also establish a training facility in Nigeria that would help in the training and retraining of its employees here.
The CPPECL President also gave assurance that his company had one of the best pipeline training centres in China.
The Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has donated 32 security and patrol motorbikes with inbuilt communication gadget to the Imo state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), under the ‘Imo My Pride Project’.
Addressing newsmen in Owerri, the Imo state capital, the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Adamu Soja, on behalf of the Commandant-General described gesture as a calculated one which is coming at a time when security is being tackled wholistically in the state.
He added that the implications of the Imo governor’s donations will also ensure the effective control of traffic in the state capital.
Mr Soja also noted that the bikes which are equipped with modern communication gadgets will be assigned to some of his officers that will be strategically deployed to handle cases of kidnapping, human trafficking, bag-snatching on motorcycles, tricycle criminalities and dangerous driving.
Meanwhile, the Director General of ‘Imo My Pride Project’ Mr Sunny Chiadi said the project of the Okorocha-led administration is aimed at changing the behavioural pattern of Imo citizens as regards obedience to traffic laws, cleanliness and complete removal of street hawkers in the state capital.
Journalism is the activity or profession of writing for newspapers or magazines or of broadcasting news on radio or television while Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, exchange and comment on contents among themselves in virtual communities and networks.
The impact of social media in the communication system cannot be overemphasized as traditional media has undoubtedly taken an onward progressive turn in achieving its core assignments of educating, informing and entertaining its audience; the Nigerian populace.
The consistent and goal-driven use of social media has filled the interactive and investigative vacuum found in the traditional media in Nigeria and the entire world. Hitherto this new age of journalism, reporters were only able to practice the time-sensitive profession within a certain constrained environment which permitted the Nigerian journalist to find facts from physically available sources.
Today, the Nigerian journalist can boast of new skills in news gathering and better accuracy in reporting the opinion of the people. Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google + have been used to monitor trends and gather intelligence in regards to the opinion of the masses.
Take for instance events which have garnered much attention as a result of activities on social media. Thousands of Nigerians joined Twitter during and after the subsidy protest (OccupyNigeria) of 2012, the death of four UNIPORT students (ALUU4) caused a nationwide outcry against ‘jungle justice,’ the video of a policeman caught extorting a motorist went viral online and has now found its way into TV and radio.
These events were either instigated or projected online as a result of the use of social media platforms by those who witnessed and shared the details.
The ability of the social media to breed interactivity has caused the audience to exit its passive shell and enter into a new sphere of activity. This has helped in a number of other sectors in the economy; most especially politics and education. Worthy of note is the fact that social media has helped traditional media to gain its lost audience (youths).
With the rise in social media usage, Nigerian youths, who scarcely subscribed to the print media, have now cultivated a healthy habit of keeping abreast of events in the country.
Social media has impacted Nigerian journalism in the area of reporting as new features i-reports which allows individuals report events in real time in any case where an official correspondent is not on ground.
The integration of social media in news gathering and delivery has also enabled the Nigerian journalist to work in a capacity that totally erases the restrictions of distance. Today, interviews are conducted via email correspondence, Twitter conversations, Skype video chats etc.
Breaking News! This feature has been redefined since the advent of social media in Nigerian journalism. Journalists can now break news as they happen with supporting files such as pictures taken and posted alongside headlines.
Live broadcasts have been made possible online via web streaming. In most cases, the audience is able to participate and give feedback via the comments section which allows the reporter access to instant feedback.
The World Wide Web evolves daily; so does the social media. This means traditional media will yet experience even more changes and growth in times to come.
Written by Mayowa Ogundele, an online journalist with Channels Television, creative writer and aspiring broadcaster. Follow her via Twitter @Ohluwamayowa and Google+, Mayowa Ogundele.