Provision of Infrastructure: Don’t Frustrate Govt, NGOs Efforts

Uduaghan Cautions Communities

DENNIS   OTU

WARRI

DELTA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, weekend in Warri, cautioned communities in the state against frustrating efforts of his administration and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in providing needed infrastructures in the state just as he hailed Chevron Corporation for keying into the agenda of his government.

Speaking at Egbokodo, Warri South Local Government Area, Delta State while commissioning the Economic Development Center (EDC) built by the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), a non-profit foundation established by Chevron Corporation, Uduaghan once again assured that his administration will saturate communities where peace reign with projects.

The governor who spoke through the Commissioner for Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Mr Tonye Timi held that the overall development of the state would be sustained through a collaborative effort and synergy between the state government, genuine NGOs and the various communities in the state.

In the words of the governor; “It pays to be a peaceful community and we will continue to reward identified peace-loving communities with people-oriented projects and encourage NGOs such as PIND that brought all of us here today to do the same as we are proud of what Chevron Corporation has done through PIND in Egbokodo community by establishing its regional headquarters here. We want to caution communities in the state against frustrating efforts of government and NGOs in providing needed facilities in the state as we will not hesitate to move away from communities where we are not welcomed.

The Project Director of Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), Mr Dennis Flemming in his address said that the Economic Development Center (EDC), located at Plot 1, PIND-EDC drive, Egbokodo would serve as PIND’s regional headquarters, housing the foundation’s economic development team and local staff.

He said that EDC is both a physical and intellectual hub for PIND, saying it comprises an office complex that houses PIND staff in the Niger Delta along with staff from projects funded by partner agencies such as USAID, DFID, GIZ, and others.

Mr Flemming disclosed that PIND is a non-profit foundation established by Chevron Corporation to provide support for socio-economic development in the Niger Delta region through dynamic, innovative programmes and multi-stakeholder partnership focused on poverty alleviation and the promotion of peace.

Chevron, he said, established a US $ 50 Million fund that PIND administers and coordinates to support a portfolio of socio-economic development programmes and partnerships over a five year period (2010-2014).

Speaking further at the landmark event attended by local and state government officials as well as members from the private sector, civil society organizations and development agencies, he noted that the commissioning of the EDC not only represents PIND’s physical presence in the Niger Delta but the foundation’s potential to be a trans-formative force for economic development and the alleviation of poverty throughout the region.

According to him, PIND works to develop sustainable solutions reached by a broad coalition of partners dedicated to improving the lives of the Niger Delta people by establishing large-scale, long-term programmes focused on four main areas of Economic Development; Capacity Building; Peace Building and Analysis and Advocacy.

The CDC Chairman, Egbokodo Community, Canaan Ajagbawa said; “We are going to give our support to PIND”s programmes. We are going to give you our fullest co-operation because our youths will benefit in terms of training. We are very peaceful people in this community. I want to assure PIND and the State Government that the peace they need in this place, they will surely get it.”

Our Correspondent reports that the commissioners for Agriculture in Delta and Ondo states graced the event.”