The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has commended the Ecological Fund Office as it embarks on the commissioning of about 70 ecological intervention projects in communities across the country`s six geo-political zones.
The organisation in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, on Wednesday in Abuja, said the projects worth billions of Naira were approved for implementation by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This, Akinsiju said, was in order to end the devastation and subsequent suffering caused by desertification, gully erosion and flooding in specific locations and communities across the country.
He said the interventions by the Ecological Fund Office in affected communities had solved problems that had given concern to citizens whose means of livelihood and properties were threatened by or lost to desertification, flooding and disastrous gully erosion.
He noted that in some of the benefiting communities, towns and villages where hundreds of people lived were saved from devastation by the interventions, thereby safeguarding the well being of the residents.
“Already, some projects have been commissioned in Nasarawa and Akwa Ibom States, the locations of the projects reflect the diversity and spread of the interventions.
“In Nasarawa town of Nasarawa State, a 2.5 kilometre drainage to control gully erosion and road improvement projects were executed,“ the chairman said.
He said that both projects were commissioned by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, on behalf of President Buhari.
He said that in Akwa Ibom, four roads and drainage networks to check flooding in Ekot Ekpene were commissioned by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah on Sept. 13.
Akinsiju said the Minister also commissioned a drainage project which diverted a stream that was causing flooding in the community, thereby addressing issues of perennial flooding and gully erosion.
According to him, the Federal Government awarded contracts for the projects which were completed in January 2018 in June 2017 at the cost of N451 million. (NAN)
– Sept. 19, 2018 @ 17:42 GMT |