Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt
The Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC) has decried poor well being services within the Niger Delta area saying the deplorable state of affairs was a significant constraint within the struggle in opposition to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The appearing Managing Director of the fee, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, additionally noticed that the continued anti-Coronavirus measures together with lockdowns of states contributed in dwindling the financial system of the area.
Pondei spoke on the weekend in a short ceremony organised by the NDDC to start distribution of medical provides and reduction supplies to states within the area to include the unfold of the virus.
It was gathered that the gear and supplies together with public enlightenment campaigns had been acquired and initiated by the fee as a part of its intervention to struggle the pandemic within the area.
An announcement signed by the Fee’s Director, Company Affairs, Charles Odili, mentioned the ceremony was held on the NDDC Warehouse, in Trans-Amadi Industrial Structure, Port Harcourt.
“The Fee’s Appearing Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, lamented that the poor state of well being services within the nation, and particularly in most states of the Niger Delta area was a significant constraint within the struggle in opposition to covid-19”, the assertion mentioned.
Pondei added: “Little doubt, the illness has additionally taken its toll on the socio-economic well-being of residents, particularly as most small and medium scale companies have been affected with the lockdown imposed within the states.”
He defined that the financial wellbeing of the individuals of the area was additional dwindled following the collection of lockdowns imposed by each the federal and state governments as a precautionary measure to mitigate the unfold of COVID-19 within the nation.
He mentioned that the fee was all the time wanting to assist the federal government and folks of the states within the Niger Delta area within the space of high quality healthcare supply.
He mentioned: “The Fee seems to be ahead to strengthening relationship with the states within the area within the space of healthcare for the great and well-being of the residents.
“The great relationship between the governments of states within the area gives alternative for synergy in efforts geared in direction of offering lasting resolution to the socio-economic challenges of the individuals within the area.”
Pondei mentioned that the NDDC wanted to enrich the efforts of the 9 states coated by its mandate in response to the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari,
“All of the 9 NDDC states had been supported with funds. As well as funds had been additionally given to girls and youth teams as palliatives”, he mentioned.
He mentioned that the funds given to the states had been utilized for the procurement of medical gear resembling particular diagnostic gear, vital care gear, together with ventilators and consumables including that others had been varied meals objects, drinks, sanitary supplies and disinfectants.
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Pondei mentioned: “Additionally offered had been assist wants for the bodily challenged, resembling wheel chairs and crutches. The funds additionally cowl sensitization and public enlightenment marketing campaign as an vital measure to include the unfold of Coronavirus within the Niger Delta area.”
In his remarks, the NDDC Government Director, Tasks, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo, mentioned that covid-19 was an important situation on the earth, noting that the fee got here up with programmes to curb the unfold of the virus.
The Chairman of the NDDC Palliative Committee, Mr. Soboma Jackrich, described the ceremony as a laudable and historic occasion.
He mentioned: “Once you put sq. pegs in sq. holes, you must count on good outcomes. Members of the Interim Administration Committee, IMC, are those that imply effectively for the area, I thank the IMC for locating youths worthy of being concerned within the programme.”
The Secretary-Common of the Conventional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities within the Niger Delta, (TROMPCON), Chief Frank Okurakpor, lauded the NDDC, for developing with the initiatives whereas describing the fee as an “auxiliary gear that extricated the individuals from troublesome conditions”.
He nevertheless warned that the NDDC shouldn’t be used as a breeding floor for politicians, stating that whoever needed to vie for any political workplace, ought to achieve this from elsewhere and never from the NDDC.
Additionally, the Amamgada X11 of Rebisi,,Eze W. Akarolo, counseled the NDDC for its developmental efforts within the Niger Delta and welcomed the intervention of the fee within the struggle in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Niger Delta youth chief, Mr Jonathan Lokpobiri, expressed gratitude to President Buhari for approving the distribution of palliatives to cushion the consequences of COVID-19 on the lives of susceptible individuals within the area.
He mentioned: “My attraction to the administration of the NDDC is that we should always jettison politics and deal with the event of our individuals.”