From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned and handed over Nasarawa Erosion and Road Improvement Works.
The project, which is first phase of the intervention was one of the Federal Government’s Ecological Intervention Projects for the 1st quarter of 2017, approved by the President and awarded by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on 5th April 2017.
Represented by Mr. Abubakar Malami, Minister Buhari said the project would check flooding and gully erosion, adding that flooding in that part of the country cannot be overemphasized.
Continuing, he expressed optimism that the intervention would bring a huge relief to the communities which, for a long time have been stressed by economic challenges.
Malami reiterated that the intervention project is a testimony to a promise kept by the President and his administration that, there would be equal benefit of dividends of democracy in every part of the country, regardless of political consideration or geographical location.
The Minister stressed that projects across the country demonstrates sincerity of purpose of the Buhari led administration towards entrenching Justice, Equity and Fair play in the country and among the people.
He noted that the completion of the project would enhance the standard of living of the people in Nasarawa town and it’s environs; at the same time, danger to lives and properties that was previously associated with erosion and persistent flooding will be reduced.
In conclusion, he applauded the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha and his team in the Ecological Fund Office (EFO).
He recognized the Project Contractor, Messrs Vanchok Nigeria Ltd as well as the Project Consultant Messrs Angelight Resources Ltd for their commitment in ensuring speedy and timely completion of the Project.
He also appreciated the State Government and members of the Community for their cooperation and provision of a rancor free environment during the duration of Project execution.
Earlier on, the Permanent Secretary of EFO Dr Mrs Habiba Lawal, who was represented by the Director (DD & CZM) Drought, Desertification & Coastal Zonal Management, Mr Yusuf Addy while welcoming members of the audience confirmed that the Project was one of the 26 ecological Intervention Projects of the 1st quarter of 2017 by the Federal Government and awarded by FEC in April 2017.
She informed that the Project was initiated through an urgent request by the Hon. Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril.
She commended the Project Contractor and Consultant for the timely completion of the Project through their tireless effort which was complimented with the very close monitoring and prompt honoring of all contractual obligations by the EFO.