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A Glance at the State of Capital Projects in an Oil-rich Community, Isoko, Delta State.

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One of the issues we try to resolve is the lack of access to public document as the budget. At  Tracka, we empower citizens by providing simplified information to facilitate engagement with the government officials.

Our work has spread to the Delta Communities, to observe the 2015 zonal constituency projects. With over 30 tracked projects in the state, we noticed a high number of ongoing works and a few undone ones.

For example, our team visited the Ukpude community one of the 12 clans (Araya, Ewokpoka, Edherie, Aviara, Sapele, Abero, Ekreegbesi, Egbeme, Okpare, Okpawa and Ughell-Aviara ) in Isoko South local government area.

As at April, work has not started at the Aka Primary Community School, our interaction with the school management shows the lack of project awareness. They iterated the importance of the school to the pupils of the community that only had access to two primary schools in the entire neighborhood.

 

Aka Primary School, Ukpude, Delta State
Aka Primary School, Ukpude, Delta State

The school is in dire need of more classrooms, and the old buildings yearn for rehabilitation. The unconducive learning environment is responsible for the increasing rate of illiterate youths and unemployed adults in the town, therefore, diminishing the progress, growth, and development of Ukpude community.

A society full of unengaged citizens is a looming disaster for the state and national system.

The Ukpude community head, Mr. Goodluck Odogun has done some work to drive development to the community, and our team has reached out to engage him and other community members, to sensitize them about related projects and how to ensure their implementation.

We will not relent efforts on harnessing this advocacy, there will be further discussions with the community heads and their Representatives at the National Assembly to  ensure the school project gets executed and is functioning.

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  1. The Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige was yesterday stunned by the sheer
    measurement and sophistication of the Calabar Garment Manufacturing unit.
    Ngige who visited the manufacturing unit together
    with the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade, whereas
    in Calabar to fee the South South zonal Abilities Acquisition Centre, stated he was dumbfounded by what he noticed.

    His phrases: “I am on this Calabar Garment Manufacturing facility and the phrase to make use of is dumbfounded. I’m certainly dumbfounded by what I see right here. For a state that receives the least allocation, solely second to Osun State from the federation account, to realize that is wonderful.

    ” It’s pure monetary engineering by Governor Ben Ayade to have efficiently constructed and accomplished this big garment manufacturing facility.”

    Based on the previous governor of Anambra State, “This manufacturing facility
    is an employment centre, so to say, as a result of at every shift, not less
    than one thousand individuals are engaged out of three shifts in a
    given day. For 3 thousand individuals to be taken out of the military of unemployed
    is a startling quantity accounting for garment and textile sector.
    That is in addition to the humongous quantity that will probably be engaged in cotton farm situated within the Ogoja and Obudu axis from what I noticed within the work plan.”

    The Minister who stated Governor Ayade is steadily implementing what the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been preaching famous: “This is definitely what the
    APC-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is preaching,
    which is backward integration. We don’t should be importing every little thing into the nation anymore, due to the scarce international trade.”

    Whereas lauding what he described as Ayade’s financial wizardry, Senator Ngige mentioned: “We can’t take it away from Governor
    Ayade. He has performed fairly nicely. I need to commend him and
    at the identical time advocate his type and zeal to different governors.
    He doesn’t come to Abuja cap in hand like most of his colleagues are doing.”

    Persevering with, the Minister enjoined: “We can put an finish to the cap in hand
    or what I name ‘feeding bottle’ syndrome which different governors have diminished
    themselves to if they’ll imbibe the Ayade instance.
    We would like that to cease. He has additionally proved himself to be workers’ pleasant
    too as a result of aside from paying workers’ wage each month,
    he pays promptly too. From what I’ve heard from the workers’ right here,
    he has not uncovered me to be going to negotiate for 3 working days in every week work with
    employees.”

    On partnership with the state authorities on the garment manufacturing unit, Ngige stated: “From what I’ve seen right here, all our expertise trainees of our Abilities Improvement Programme can be introduced right
    here for coaching. This garment manufacturing facility will now be used
    as an apprenticeship centre for our abilities trainees. And since the South South
    Zonal centre of the Nationwide Directorate of Employment is in Calabar,
    each Cross Riverians and trainees from different states of the zone might be skilled right here.

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