From: Babatunde Azeez, Abuja
The Federal Government has commissioned and handed over to Jigawa state Government two completed erosion and flood control projects meant to reduce dangers of flooding at Bulangu, Kafin Hausa LGA and at Tsoho, Gwaram LGA all in Jigawa State.
They were handed over on 14th and 15th November respectively to the benefiting communities.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in his keynote address said the projects were expected to check flooding and Erosion menace in the two communities.
He noted that it would bring relief to the people of Bulangu and Tsoho communities thereby enhancing their living conditions.
Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Trade & Investment/Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar reiterated the present administration’s determination that no part of the country would suffer neglect owing to its geographical location or political consideration.
This, according to her is being exhibited through the execution of numerous Federal Government intervention projects across the nation.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office, Dr. Habiba Lawal who was represented by Deputy Director, Ecological Fund Office, Mr. Aawal Sanni said that the Federal Government took up the two projects to ensure safety of lives and property as well as improved and sustainable environment for socio-economic activities.
She commended the contractors and the Consultants of the projects for working tirelessly thus ensuring timely completion of the projects in line with the project implementation schedule.
The Permanent Secretary while encouraging the benefitting communities to exercise ownership over the projects for maintenance and sustainability, while also imploring them to keep the drains neat and free from refuse so as not to jeopardize the aim of the projects.
The Executive Governor, Badura Abubakar, appreciated on behalf of the state and people of Jigawa State efforts of the Federal Government in the state.
He used the opportunity to inform the audience and indeed the representatives of the Federal Government that Jigawa state is in dire need of more of such intervention projects.
The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Barr. Ibrahim Hassan noted that the state is bedevilled with flood/erosion in some parts and desertification towards the northern part of the state.
Speaking on behalf of the communities, the local Government Chairman and the community leaders commended the President and wished him well in his second term bid.
The project at Bulangu includes; collector drains linking to three different ponds, concrete embarkments, protective slabs and wire gauze on the embarkment fences respectively while that of Tsoho, Gwaram consist of 2km concrete wide drains to a discharge pond.