Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has approved the release of N2 billion for the completion of the Skills Acquisition Centre at Ibeno community of the State being constructed by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani , disclosed this at Ibeno during a courtesy visit on the paramount ruler of Ibeno Local Government and the Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs, Owong Effiong Archianga.
According to a statement issued by the Director (Press) in the ministry, Mr. Marshall Gundu, the minister disclosed that the money was the community’s entitlement as compensation from Exxon Mobil, which the community had requested that should be channelled into the timely completion of the centre.
He advised the paramount ruler and his people to communicate their decision on that fund to the State Governor to finalise the modalities for the disbursement of the fund for the timely completion of the project.
On completion, the skills acquisition centre is meant for the training of persons in oil and gas and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Responding to the demands of the paramount ruler, the minister said his ministry would try as much as possible to do what falls within its mandate for the benefit of the people of Ibeno community and Akwa Ibom State.
Usani said that the purpose of his visit to the state was to find out the situation of things as regards projects of the Ministry with a view to determine the ones to be given attention for release of funds for timely completion.
Further details later