BY CHIBUZOR EMEJOR,
Federal Government has commissioned gully erosion control project at Okwohia,Obowo/Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology who commissioned the project, said the intervention of the Federal Government would bring a huge relief to the Okwohia community which had for long been devastated by ecological challenges.
Onu reiterated the irrevocable commitment of the Federal government to reclaiming all land lost to gully erosion as well as assist flood-prone communities in the country.
A statement by AbdulGaniyu Aminu ,Head, Media and Public Relations Unit in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, quoted Onu as saying that the approval of the project was a clear testimony to the present administration’s resolve to ensure that no part of the country is allowed to suffer any neglect due to geographical location.
“To further consolidate on the gains of this stride, the Federal government’s execution of projects across the country also demonstrates the sincerity of purpose of All Progressives Congress-led administration towards promoting equity and fair play to all and sundry,” he said.
The minister further said the project would improve the standard of living of the community and its environs, adding that “It would at the same time reduce the danger posed to lives and property associated with the erosion and persistent flooding experienced in recent times”.
He stressed that the Federal Government would continue to implement all genuine government policies, agreements and contracts at both national and international levels that are aimed at laying a solid foundation for a virile and prosperous nation.
Earlier, in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ecological fund Office, Dr. Habiba Lawal said the project was initiated through a request for an urgent intervention forwarded to the Ecological Fund Office by Senator Benjamin Uwajumobi representing the Imo North Senatorial Zone at the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Lawal who was represented by Engr, Mathias Eluma added that the commissioning and handing over of the project to the benefiting community would enable the host community to take over and exercise ownership over the project and ensure its maintenance and sustainability.