The Federal Government has engaged Niger Delta stakeholders through continuous dialogues for sustained security, peace and development of the Niger Delta region and the country.

According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Press in the ministry, Stephen Kilebi, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola, at a one- day peace, security enlightenment town hall meeting and community health outreach programme at Eyekogba village in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, reiterated the determination government for continuous engagements for sustained peace building in the region.

Represented by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mr. Marshall Gundu, the minister of state said: ‘’This initiative is specifically designed to enlighten the populace on government programmes, projects and policies geared towards securing and developing the Niger Delta region on a sustainable basis. It also serves as a feedback mechanism for the ministry and our key stakeholders”

Prof. Daramola also added that the dialogue strategy has the capability to mitigate some hydra-headed agitations that keep re-occurring in some communities within the region.

The minister said that the goal of government was to create a conducive atmosphere for investments, stability and socio-economic well-being of the Niger Delta region.

The minister enjoined all stakeholders to collaborate with the Federal and State Governments by building the needed synergy and partnership to promote the socio economic development as well as sustainable peace, development and stability of the Niger Delta region.

Speaking earlier at the event, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, who was represented by the Mrs. Laureen Braide, the Director Community Development and Education Department said the programme was organized to relate with the oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region and expressed hope that there would be fruitful deliberations.

While flagging off the health outreach segment at the stakeholders forum, Prof. Daramola said that the essence was to foster behavioural change, reduce stigma and improve access to quality care and support services for persons living with HIV/AIDS; promote integrated approach to the control of communicable diseases such as Lassa and Monkey Pox Fever with a view to improving life expectancy and quality life for our people in the region.

Free medical tests were carried out for participants, free drugs and treated mosquito nets were given out to participants at the health outreach programme during the stakeholders forum by Doctors and medical personnel.

At the health outreach segment of the programme, Dr. Andrew Fiateide, encouraged the people of the Niger Delta region to guide against communicable diseases by keeping their environments clean and washing their hands regularly.

Dr. Fiateide also urged the people to cover their food properly to keep away rodents and other virus bearing insects that could cause diseases.

The Doctor also advised people of the region to be sleeping inside treated mosquito nets, treat their water before drinking to avoid malaria and typhoid fever.

In his remarks at the event Uche Ifukor, the Lead Speaker, said that security was everybody’s responsibility.

He urged all community leaders and youths to work together with government to ensure peace and stability in the Niger Delta region.

Mr. ifukor added that without peace it would be difficult for government to develop the region.

Speaking at the event, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations at the Edo State Police Command, Mr. Ayo Famiyan advised communities to always report cases of crimes to the Nigeria Police Force.

Mr. Famiyan added that if the communities were not satisfied with the actions of the police at any jurisdiction in the state they should report the case at the next higher level for necessary action.

He assured the stakeholders that the Edo State Commissioner of Police was accessible and would quickly respond to complaints by community leaders.

At the event, Mrs. Victoria Potoki, one of the women group leaders stressed the need for the Federal Government to follow-up on the promises made during the visit of Vice President Yemi Osibanjo to Edo State last year.

Mrs. Potoki also added that Niger Deltan women were having difficulties in farming and fishing due to oil spills.

The host community leader, Mr.Ayeni Victor commended the efforts of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for organizing the event and hoped that it would bring the needed change and development to the community and the Niger Delta region.

The consultative stakeholders forum was attended by participants from the Federal and Edo State Government Agencies, traditional rulers, community leaders and their members and Non-Governmental agencies.

The minister said that the goal of government was to create a conducive atmosphere for investments, stability and socio-economic well-being of the Niger Delta region.

The minister enjoined all stakeholders to collaborate with the Federal and State Governments by building the needed synergy and partnership to promote the socio-economic development as well as sustainable peace, development and stability of the Niger Delta region.

Speaking earlier at the event, thPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla who was represented by the Mrs. Laureen Braide, the Director Community Development and Education Department said the programme was organized to relate with the oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region and expressed hope that there would be fruitful deliberations.

While flagging off the health outreach segment at the stakeholders forum, Prof. Daramola said that the essence was to foster behavioural change, reduce stigma and improve access to quality care and support services for persons living with HIV/AIDS; promote integrated approach to the control of communicable diseases such as Lassa and Monkey Pox Fever with a view to improving life expectancy and quality life for our people in the region.

Free medical tests were carried out for participants, free drugs and treated mosquito nets were given out to participants at the health outreach programme during the stakeholders forum by Doctors and medical personnel.

At the health outreach segment of the programme, Dr. Andrew Fiateide encouraged the people of the Niger Delta region to guide against communicable diseases by keeping their environments clean and washing their hands regularly.

Dr. Fiateide also urged the people to cover their food properly to keep away rodents and other virus bearing insects that could cause diseases.

The Doctor also advised people of the region to be sleeping inside treated mosquito nets, treat their water before drinking to avoid malaria and typhoid fever.

In his remarks at the event Uche Ifukor , the Lead Speaker, said that security was everybody’s responsibility.

He urged all community leaders and youths to work together with government to ensure peace and stability in the Niger Delta region.

Mr. ifukor added that without peace it would be difficult for government to develop the region.

Speaking at the event, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations at the Edo State Police Command, Mr. Ayo Famiyan, advised communities to always report cases of crimes to the Nigeria Police Force.

Mr. Famiyan added that if the communities were not satisfied with the actions of the police at any jurisdiction in the state they should report the case at the next higher level for necessary action.

He assured the stakeholders that the Edo State Commissioner of Police was accessible and would quickly respond to complaints by community leaders.

At the event, Mrs. Victoria Potoki, one of the women group leaders stressed the need for the Federal Government to follow-up on the promises made during the visit of Vice President Yemi Osibanjo to Edo State last year.

Mrs. Potoki also added that Niger Deltan women were having difficulties in farming and fishing due to oil spills.

The host community leader, Mr. Ayeni Victor commended the efforts of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for organizing the event and hoped that it would bring the needed change and development to the community and the Niger Delta region.

The consultative stakeholders forum was attended by participants from the Federal and Edo State Government Agencies, traditional rulers, community leaders and their members and Non-Governmental agencies.

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