The Federal government has pledged to reclaimed all land lost to gully erosion and as well as assist flood-prone communities in the country.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Obgonnaya Onu disclosed this at the commissioning of the gully erosion control works at Okwohia , Obowo/Ihitte Uboma local government area of Imo state on Thursday 3rd January , 2019.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu noted that the intervention of the Federal Government will usher a huge relief to the Okwohia community which had for long been devastated by ecological challenges.
Dr Onu said that the approval of the project is a clear testimony to the present Administration’s resolve to ensure that no part of the country will be 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 APC-led Administration towards promoting equity and fair play to all and sundry”, he added.
Dr. Onu further said that the project, will 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 properties associated with the erosion and persistent flooding experienced in recent times”.
He stressed that the Federal Government will 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 that the project was initiated through a request for an urgent intervention forwarded to the Ecological Fund Office by Distinguished Senator Benjamin Uwajumobi representing the Imo North District at the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
The Permanent Secretary, who was represented by Engr, Mathias Eluma added that the commissioning and handing over of the project to the benefiting community will enable the host community to take over and exercise ownership over the project and ensure its maintenance and sustainability.
Head; Press and Public Relations Unit
3rd January. 2019